Deputies initiate Hollande’s impeachment because of his statement in book

Source : 112 Ukraine

The possibility of his resignation is minimal, but it can still impact President’s reputation, - La Figaro
14:11, 11 November 2016


The French National Assembly’s Deputy Pierre Lelouch initiated impeachment procedure of the President Francois Hollande. This was reported by Le Parisien.

79 out of necessary 58 deputies have already signed the document. At the same time 152 out of 199 deputies of The Republicans party support the initiative according to the party’s statement.

The fraction leader of The Socialist party in the Lower House of the Parliament Claude Bartolone handed down the copy of impeachment resolution to Francois Hollande and to the Vice-Minister of the country Manuel Valls.

The deputies refer to the art. 68 of the Constitution of France in their initiative. According to the article the President of the Republic can be forced to retire only in case of high treason or divulgation of State secret.

The Deputies believe that Hollande disclosed State secret in his recently published book “A President Should Not Say That”. In particular, the President tells about carrying out targeted assassinations and unrealized plans attack plans on Syria in 2013.

At the same time La Figaro assess the possibility of successful impeachment as low, but believes that it can still hit the reputation of Hollande in the run-up to presidential elections in April-May 2017.

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The book “A President Should Not Say That” is a result of 60 meetings between Francois Hollande and two journalists of the capital’s newspaper Le Monde Fabris Lom and Gerard Dave and in the Elysee Palace and outside of it.

670 pages of the book contain explanations of Hollande’s extreme statements.

He’s telling in his book that he wanted to rename The Socialist party for example into The Progressive party.

He calls Justice “the cowardice institution”, where the prosecutors pretend to be all “virtuous” and “hate politicians”.

“A woman in Islamic headscarf today will be Marianna tomorrow” if “she is given conditions for development”, and she will take off her headscarf becoming a French woman “maybe religious, but corresponding to the ideal,” Holland says.

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The President also commented national football team:

“These ill-mannered boys became “stars” without any preparation…They don’t know good from bad…What they need is to “build their brains,”

Hollande calls former Advisor of Nicolas Sarkozy Patrick Buisson “renegade” and says about his “impertinence and cynicism”

The President about Crimea:

“I think Putin will keep it for a long time”.

He calls Putin and Poroshenko “two Slavic enemies”.

Earlier Hollande said that safety issue is basic for success of Minsk agreement. French President called implementation of Minsk the key issue after Normandy meeting.

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