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Sarkozy calls for rework of French constitution - 13 Jul 2007 - NZ Herald: World / International News

FRANCE - President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for a reform of France's constitution and announced he would set up a commission to study ways to modernise rather than revolutionise the French state.

Repeatedly evoking the spirit of former President Charles de Gaulle, Sarkozy said French presidents should be allowed to address the national parliament and suggested introducing an element of proportional representation in elections.

He also said famously opaque presidential spending should be scrutinised by the national state auditor.

"I want the president to govern and be held more to account," Sarkozy said in a speech in this northeastern town, where 61 years ago de Gaulle also delivered a keynote speech demanding that the presidency be handed more powers.

by Fran on Sat Jul 14th, 2007 at 01:17:29 AM EST
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