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Coming back to my first diary's argument, no matter who will be elected president on May 7, the party or coalition who gets a majority of seats at the National Assembly will in practice run the country.

Forget about France's supposed "presidential system": the president has little choice but to appoint a prime minister and a cabinet from the parliamentary majority.  If only because the National Assembly can overthrow the cabinet with a simple majority vote.

This is a configuration ("cohabitation" between a prez and a PM of opposite sides) that happened a couple of times (1986-1988, 1993-1995, 1997-2002) and the balance of power between the president and the prime minister has always been clearly in favor of the latter.

Sarkozy is reportedly planning to lead the LR campaign to win a majority at the National Assembly and be able to rule even in the event of a - probable - Fillon loss.

by Bernard on Sun Apr 16th, 2017 at 04:34:44 PM EST

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