“It’s not just the fall of the House of Hollande that we are witnessing but the last days of the Fifth Republic,” wrote our colleague Christian Salmon. That was in an article written back in May 2014. Here at Mediapart we have continually chronicled the slow death throes of our political apparatus, the destructive excesses of a presidential system that has no counter-powers, the perversity of institutions that leads to political irresponsibility by our leaders of both Right and Left, thus leaving space in which the extreme right can operate.
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