Vive le Neóconservatisme?Issue: Sept-Oct 2006
The French Fifth Republic may be at its end. Already strained by François Mitterrand's two terms in office from 1981 and 1995, French political institutions are increasingly at odds with French society. Were President Jacques Chirac to depart overnight, the French would barely notice. A recent poll showed that only 1 percent wanted the president to seek a third term. The discomfiture of Chirac's presidency overshadows even the stagnating governance of his predecessor. While Mitterrand managed to maintain some buoyancy, Chirac has lost all policy credibility.