Why we must quickly return to a Fourth Republic… but without full proportionality
A president without a majority expressing a desire to forge an alliance with LR, a parliament in turmoil, a government threatened by no-confidence motions… As the Fifth Republic dies, choking on too much verticality, its defenders brandish the absolute scarecrow: the return to the IV., synonymous with instability, impotence, partisan combinations. Absolute horror.
The unstable, powerless, and partisan Fourth Republic, really?
This argument, which has its roots in the Gaullist tradition – Charles de Gaulle always opposed the 1946 Constitution and helped in every way he could to destabilize the regime – is both imprecise and sterile. Admittedly, France experienced eighteen governments from 1946 to 1958. But despite this instability, this regime’s economic and social record is spectacular.
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