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Can Macron govern?

Without a parliamentary majority, the next French president will be hamstrung

By Andrew Knapp   June 2017

Emmanuel Macron—the next president of France ©NEWZULU/Ilan Deutsch/NEWZULU/PA Images

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Will Emmanuel Macron govern, or merely reign? The president’s powers under the Constitution of the Fifth Republic, dating from 1958, are significant but insufficient to govern as he chooses. To do that, he needs the backing of a parliamentary majority, which he may or may not win at the legislative elections set for 11th and 18th June.

The best guide to the president’s constitutional powers is the experience of François Mitterrand in 1986-88 and 1993-95…

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