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The modern French government is run very much like the government of theUnited States France is a democratic republic that is divided into three branchesthe Executive branch the Legislative branch and the Judicial branch The Legislative branch is made up of the Parliament which like the UnitedStates Congress is divided into two houses Those being the Senate and theNational Assembly The National Assembly has 577 members and is the morepowerful of the two houses while the Senate has 319 members in this somewhatless influential house This branch is in charge of passing and repealing lawsThe Judicial branch is in charge of the courts and criminal trialsAs in the United States there is the Executive branch which is headed bythe President and Prime Minister This branch is in charge of carrying out laws andThe French government is quite unique in that during times of a nationalemergency such as a war the President of France has the authority to assumeThe Local government is divided into twenty-two regions that are furtherdivided into ninety-five departements which are again divided into smallerarrondissements which are then divided into communes There are approximately36500 communes in France The communes are run by mayors appointed by localAn interesting fact about the French government is that we get theexpressionsof a left-wing party and a right-wing party from the French Revolutionbecause at the National Assembly the radicals would sit on the left and the
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