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France and Coalition Governments

While most European countries favor them, France has an aversion to coalition governments. Eight facts to put you in the know

By: EBR - Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2024

 In France, there have not been coalition governments for many years.
In France, there have not been coalition governments for many years.

1 Sweden has been run by coalitions since the 1970s.

2 Germany has not known single-party government since 1961.

3 In Italy, multiparty rule has been the norm since the early 1940s.

4 The Netherlands was last run by just one party in 1879.

5 In France, there have not been coalition governments for many years.

6 That is largely a consequence of a two-round electoral system that normally produces single-party majorities without the need for cross-party coalition-building.

7 The electoral system came about in response to the political chaos of the Fourth Republic.

8 Between 1946 and 1958, there were no fewer than 21 “revolving door” governments along with 16 prime ministers, some of whom lasted only days in office.

*first published in: Theglobalist.com

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