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French Constitutional Law$
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John Bell

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198259480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198259480.001.0001

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Constitutional Materials and Decisions of the Conseil Constitutionnel

Constitutional Materials and Decisions of the Conseil Constitutionnel

(p.270) Constitutional Materials and Decisions of the Conseil Constitutionnel
French Constitutional Law

John Bell

Oxford University Press

This chapter reports the constitutional materials and decisions of the Conseil constitutionnel. It describes the sources of the Constitution, namely law and convention, fundamental principles recognized by the laws of the republic, the hierarchy between the declaration of the rights of man and of the citizen of 1789, and the preamble to the 1946 Constitution, as well as the Republican tradition and decisions of the Conseil constitutionnel. In addition, the division between loi and règlement prior to the Fifth Republic, and interpretations given to the 1958 Constitution are explained, and a discussion on Parliamentary procedure and decisions on fundamental freedoms and equality is provided.

Keywords:   Conseil constitutionnel, constitutional materials, constitutional decisions

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