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Dominique Chagnollaud: "The Constitutional Council is a safety valve"


INTERVIEW – The constitutionalist Dominique Chagnollaud recalls that the Elders, who must decide on the pension reform, take into account the political and social climate.

Dominique Chagnollaud is the president of the Circle of Constitutionalists.


- What is the weight of the social and political context on the decisions of the Constitutional Council?



The Constitutional Council is one of the rare constitutional judges to be able to be seized a priori, that is to say before the promulgation of the law, which focuses even more attention on its role.

It is the only one in Europe where no adversarial debate in public session takes place before it in this context.

It makes its decision in a particular climate, sometimes very tense, as the nationalizations of 1982 simply remind us. The Council then appears, rightly or wrongly, as a last resort for the opposition.

Even as a kind of very singular but very useful democratic safety valve.

Certainly, the censorship of a text is a victory for the opponents but sometimes it can be a relief for the executive.

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Source: lefigaro

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