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La politique étrangère entre l'Elysée et Matignon

Abstract : The Locus of Foreign Policy : Elysée or Matignon ? - Eighteen months after 8th May 1988, the question of cohabitation dropped out of sight as a public issue, although history could well repeat itself in 1993 and the problem arise once more of who should have control of foreign policy -- the President or the Prime Minister. The Constitution provides no clear answer. The experience of cohabitation from 1986-88 was struggle for hegemony interspersed with épisodes of genuine harmony. In the end, the foreign policy process dependend little on the Constitution but was shared three ways according to the internai or external context and on whoever was the most nimble-footed protagonist in political, administrative or diplomatie manoeuvring. If the climate were favourable to the government, it might be able to force the Président to choose between submission to its wïll or resignation, unless the Constitution is changed to avoid this risk. Strangely none of the prominent players seem at ail anxious to learn from past expérience. In May 1988, ail trace of cohabitation was effaced and the President took over control of foreign policy more fully than during the years 1981-86.
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Samy Cohen. La politique étrangère entre l'Elysée et Matignon. Politique étrangère, Institut Français des Relations internationales, 1989, 54 (3), pp.487-503. ⟨hal-01009368⟩

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