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Constitutional Texts

John Bell

in French Constitutional Law

Published in print January 1995 | ISBN: 9780198259480
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681967 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259480.003.0009
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This chapter presents the constitutional texts. The French people solemnly proclaims its attachment to the rights of man and to the principles of national sovereignty such as are defined by the Declaration of 1789, confirmed and completed by the Preamble to the 1946 Constitution. In virtue of these principles and that of the self-determination of peoples, the Republic offers to overseas territories that express the desire to join them new institutions based on the common ideal of liberty, equality, and fraternity, conceived with a view to their democratic evolution. The chapter specifically describes sovereignty, the president of the Republic, the government, parliament, relations between parliament and the government, treaties and international agreements, the Conseil constitutionnel, the judiciary, the high court of justice, the economic and social council, local authorities, European communities and European Union, revision, and transitional provisions. The organic law on the Conseil constitutionnel is also explained.

Keywords: Conseil constitutionnel; French Constitution; Republic; judiciary; constitutional texts

Chapter.  7929 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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