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Demystifying France's Political System

France is experiencing greater stability with its current form of government. Learn how the French constitution has evolved and review the country’s political landscape.

Since the Revolution of 1789, France has had five forms of republican government. The current republic, the Fifth Republic, began in 1958. Learn more about the evolution of the constitution and the impact on modern French society. Today's France is governed by a strong presidency. France's political system consists of a broad array of political parties. Review the major parties and their impact. After more than a hundred governments during the previous century, the French are happy with the greater stability in recent decades.