The French Community

  • S. H. Steinberg
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


The Constitution of the Fifth Republic ‘offers to the oversea territories which manifest their will to adhere to it new institutions based on the common ideal of liberty, equality and fraternity and conceived with a view to their democratic evolution’. The territories are offered 3 solutions: they may keep their status; they may become oversea départements; they may become, singly or in groups, member states of the Community (Art. 76). Within the Community, the member states enjoy full internal autonomy (Art. 77). Foreign affairs, defence, currency, common economic and financial policy; the control of justice, higher education, the general organization of transports and telecommunications belong to the Community (Art. 78).

La Communauté


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. H. Steinberg
    • 1
  1. 1.The Royal Historical SocietyUK

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