Why Macron's resignation spells doom for Hollande

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The resignation of economy minister Emmanuel Macron from François Hollande's government on Tuesday to further his own electoral aspirations has dealt what looks like a fatal blow to the French president's already dwindling hopes ahead of next year's presidential election. But as Mediapart's editor François Bonnet argues, it also illustrates how an entire political system, that of France's Fifth Republic, is coming to an end.

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“It's not just the fall of the House of Hollande that we are witnessing but the last days of the Fifth Republic,” wrote our colleague Christian Salmon. That was in an article written back in May 2014. Here at Mediapart we have continually chronicled the slow death throes of our political apparatus, the destructive excesses of a presidential system that has no counter-powers, the perversity of institutions that leads to political irresponsibility by our leaders of both Right and Left, thus leaving space in which the extreme right can operate.