Today in legal history...

Sunday, January 16, 2011

French lower house passed bill allowing presidential impeachment

On January 16, 2007, the French National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, passed by voice vote a constitutional amendment authorizing the impeachment of a French president but otherwise conferring legal immunity on the office holder. The bill had languished in parliament after being approved by the French cabinet three years before. It progressed forward as then president Jacques Chrirac approached the end of his second term with a number of corruption cases pending against him. The amendment was later approved by the full parliament.

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