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Parties and Groups during the 4th Republic

Parties and groups contributed to the inescapable collapse of the
4th Republic. However the latter does not deserve the disgrace is has
often been subjected to. The parties and groups were formed by very
valuable men who saved our freedoms at a time when they were threatened,
as testified by the decisions to accept of the Marshall Plan and
to join the Atlantic Pact and NATO. On the other hand, it must be
blamed for the divisions between and within the parties, as well as for
its inability to handle the Indochina and Algeria wars, its recurrent
financial crises, and the permanent conflict over secularism. Indeed, the
4th Republic was doomed and the events of May 12, 1958 only accelerated
its fall. The crisis of the regime was due to fleeting majorities, the
rule of compromise and the ongoing offensive of parliament.


Référence électonique : Bernard LEFORT, "Parties and Groups during the 4th Republic", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°76, 76 - La IVe République, p.61-79 . Consulté le 2021-04-21 09:50:41 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Parties-and-Groups-during-the-4th.html