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The Recall in France: A long standing and unresolved debate

  • Clara EggerEmail author
  • Raul Magni-Berton
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Abstract

The Constitution of the French Fifth Republic offers very little room for citizens to demand a strong accountability of people voted in power. Recently, the Yellow Vests movement has unexpectedly revived the debates on the introduction of a recall mechanism in France, an option already defended by some candidates to the 2017 presidential election. This chapter analyses the French experience of recall mechanisms in four directions. First, it recalls the origins and historical diffusion of the idea of recall, introduced during the French Revolution as imperative mandate. Second, it analyses current constitutional provisions and discusses their compatibility with some forms of recall processes. Third, it examines the various social demands for recall, especially focusing on the one which has emerged out of the Yellow Vests movement. Lastly, the chapter ends with a discussion of the possible design a recall process could take in France.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IRIO Department, Faculty of ArtsUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Univ. Grenoble-Alpes, Sciences Po GrenoblePACTEGrenobleFrance

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