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uborn “battle of values”, that is how the President of the Republic offered, throughout his press convention on June 12, the challenges of the upcoming legislative elections. And the “clarification” that he’s calling for ought to come on the finish of a really quick marketing campaign. However, quick campaigns are extra conducive to emotion than to reflection.

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While awaiting the outcomes of the legislative elections, it’s already potential to attract consideration to 2 risks which threaten our democratic consensus which, with out interruption because the finish of the Second World War, has made respect for human rights a crucial and the equal dignity of all a horizon to be realized.

Angelism, to begin with, consists of believing that the approaching to energy of far-right forces wouldn’t be so tragic as a result of the ensures of the rule of regulation will all the time have the ability to shield us from their liberticidal impulses. The Constitution clearly provides safety, however would it not be sufficient? It is permissible to doubt this, as it’s illusory to wish to separate establishments from the apply of energy by the women and men who lead them.


Thus, the presidentialist studying that has been made from our establishments has already distorted each the spirit and the letter. Let us additionally recall that constitutional justice is usually the popular goal of intolerant regimes. However, that is already the topic of quite a few criticisms, each for its composition and for having admitted the constitutionality of the regulation on pension reform, adopted because of using all of the mixed means of what’s modestly referred to as “rationalized parliamentarism”.

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And what concerning the safety provided by the worldwide human rights conventions that France has sovereignly negotiated and ratified?

Far from being the straitjacket that populist forces describe, these texts provide ample room for maneuver to States to accommodate the ideas they state. Above all, their legally binding character rests on their authority, which requires respecting the rights they enshrine and executing the selections of the our bodies they’ve established to interpret them. However, on this space, successive governments have already freed themselves from sure selections of the European Court of Human Rights, thereby weakening the authority of those texts and the courts which apply them.

Cynicism, for its half, depends on the truth that the train of energy will demonetize the far-right forces, revealing their contradictions and their incompetence. Certainly, many democracies, like Poland, which drifted in direction of extra authoritarian and intolerant regimes have come again. But it’s at the price of trivializing the expression of hatred throughout the social physique, and of profoundly calling into query what retains them upright and collectively.

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