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The French Presidency and the Party System

Presidential relations with the party system under the Fifth Republic have varied between periods and between Presidents. Whether Presidents stood aloof from party politics or, on the contrary, chose to combine their constitutional powers with those of a de facto party leader, the common factor before the March 1986 elections and « cohabitation » was the preponderance of the Head of State. The parliamentary majority has not always been a source of strength to Presidents : those who have not belonged to the dominant majority party have been weakened by it. That means that the survival of presidential power cannot be explained by party politics. Under « cohabitation » in particular, unless it is seen simply as a counter vailing power to the government, this survival can only based on the constitutional exercise of State authority. To fulfil this role successfully requires considerable statesmanship on the part of the President.


Référence électonique : Jean-Louis QUERMONNE, "The French Presidency and the Party System", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°41, 41 - Le président, p.93-113 . Consulté le 2023-02-02 08:21:01 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/The-French-Presidency-and-the.html