The French government has approved a constitutional reform bill that will curb some of the president’s enormous powers, and enable parliament to have a greater say in decision making as well as the conduct of foreign policy. The changes would place a two term limit on running for the office of president and restrict the ability of the executive to ram bills through parliament without allowing for extensive debate on the proposed legislation.
President Sarkozy pledged during his recent campaign that he would support placing a curb on the powers of his office. The new laws give parliament a greater voice in foreign policy than any previous French legislature and there is provision that law makers must be immediately be informed of any military action involving use of French troops.
It is an important first step in altering power relations between the executive and legislature in France.