The Bureau of the French National Assembly (lower house of Parliament) was transferred to the Executive authorities the draft resolution on the impeachment of President Francois Hollande in connection with the suspected disclosure of confidential information, reports Le Monde. According to the newspaper, the document was sent to the President and Prime Minister of the country Manuel Valls.
Originally, the draft resolution was signed by 79 MPs from
the right-wing “Republicans”, but later the number of signatures of MPs from this party has grown to 152 (out of 199 Republicans, consisting of the lower house of Parliament), reports Le Figaro.
Thus, according to Le Parisien, the review of the petition will be considered only initially affixed to the document with 79 signatures.
According to Le Monde, a group of “Republicans” explained in its communiqué that the draft resolution, which was initiated by Pierre Lellouche, is based on a serious violation of the President’s duties, in particular in the field of preservation of the defense secret.
Hollande blamed his remarks released in October, the book “the President shouldn’t say”, which published dozens of interviews with the head of France.
Members have in mind in particular an article published by Le Monde in August 2016, under the title “the Day Obama threw Hollande”. The article talks about the period when France was preparing to strike at Syria in late summer 2013. As a clarification to the article written by Dave Gerard and Fabrice Lomon whose 60 interview with the head of state gave rise to the publication of books, Le Monde reproduced document containing “defense secret”, where was presented “the theoretical deployment of the intervention”.
At the same time, the newspaper, which quoted InoPressa, initiative, impeachment has little chance of success and the authors are well aware of this. The fact that the majority in Parliament from socialists, who will not allow the impeachment of the President of the same party ahead of the elections. So, the signatories of the draft resolution former Prime Minister Francois Fillon acknowledged that such a judicial procedure does not have “no chance to be brought to an end, since it is necessary to achieve a majority in Parliament”.
Such judicial procedure, under which MPs propose to consider the question of impeachment is rare and was allowed in the country only in 2014. The Presidium of the National Assembly will assess the admissibility of such judicial procedures “in substance and in form”, said Tuesday the Deputy from party “the Republicans” Christian Jacob.
If the document is found acceptable, it will be submitted to the Legislative Commission. In the case if the Commission will vote for or against the draft resolution, the judicial process will continue. If the Commission accepts the application, it will put an end to the court proceedings.
Presidential elections in France are scheduled for spring 2017.