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The empty chamber of the National Assembly before the first round of early legislative elections, in Paris, June 27, 2024.

From the primary, determined by Louis XVIII in 1816, to the one triggered on June 9 by Emmanuel Macron, the nation can have skilled nineteen dissolutions. In very totally different circumstances. The king needed to flee the reactionary grip of a majority of deputies extra royalist than him. It is “an essential time for clarification”judged the President of the Republic, after the disavowal inflicted on his coalition by the French, throughout the European elections. But there’s one fixed: dissolution hardly ever brings luck to the one who makes use of it.

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The go away given to parliamentarians to permit the folks to “to resolve a political crisis”as Jacques Chirac mentioned in 1996, is “a classic tool of the parliamentary regime”recollects historian Alain Chatriot, professor at Sciences Po. A kind of “balance of terror”: the deputies can censure the federal government, however the head of state can dissolve the National Assembly below article 12 of the 1958 Constitution. “It is an instrument of governmental stability”continues the researcher: the founders of the Ve Republic, marked by the deleterious instability of the IVe Republic, needed “to guard against censorship or internal divisions” by putting the sword of Damocles of dissolution over the heads of the elected.

“De Gaulle was very keen that in the event of a crisis, the President of the Republic could request the arbitration of the people”recollects Marie-Anne Cohendet, professor of constitutional regulation on the Panthéon-Sorbonne University. In 1962, after the Petit-Clamart assault, he introduced that he needed to undertake by referendum the precept of electing the top of state by direct common suffrage. Dissatisfied, the deputies censured the federal government of Georges Pompidou. And Charles de Gaulle dissolved it. A textbook case: the disagreement between the chief and Parliament will likely be settled by the folks. “1962 was the first crisis and it was crucial because it laid the foundations for the practice of Ve Republic “observe Mme Cohendet.

“A useful but dangerous tool”

The legitimacy of the President of the Republic, now chosen by the whole nation, is such that the regime is not totally parliamentary; it’s referred to as “semi-presidential”. But the dissolution is “always an attempt to find a solution to a crisis, to clarify a situation”notes historian Serge Berstein, professor emeritus at Sciences Po.

It additionally grew to become a way for the top of state to rebuild his energy and strengthen his majority. In 1968, after the social disaster that tore the nation aside in May, Charles de Gaulle dissolved the federal government to make sure the folks's confidence. In 1981 and 1988, François Mitterrand used this software to acquire a majority constant together with his program. In 1997, Jacques Chirac tried to beat back the rising unpopularity of his camp by calling early legislative elections.

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