The French legislator is consistent of a bicameral system, much like the United States. The French Legislator consists of a lower house, The National Assembly, and an upper house, the Senate. The national assembly as of 2012 has a total of 277 seats. The Senate consists of 348 seats(Senate). Together the legislator writes and drafts laws and presents their bills to the president. The electoral system for the legislator is a two-round voting system that is used for their presidential election. The term for the National Assembly is five years unless the Assembly is dissolved by the President. Senators however are elected by one-half of the house every three years. Senators are elected indirectly by over 150,000 officials that include regional councilors, department councilors, mayors, city councilors in large towns, and members of the National Assembly.
When looking at the elections of 2012 you can notice some very discerning outcomes for the French government. The presidential election saw incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy of the Union for a Popular Movement was ousted by François Hollande of the Socialist Party. During the electoral campaign there was only one debate that was held on May 7th ,2012(policymic). The debate consisted of Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande. During the debate Sarkozy and Hollande was razor sharp in their debate. They attacked each other based off of their character and their political ideals. Hollande attacked Sarkozy over the close relationship Sarkozy held with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkal and the close economic ties and ideals in which Sarkozy has had with Germany(Bauer). The debate however did not focus on policies and how things would change. This allowed Hollande to show the viewers of France that he could rise to Sarkozy’s level and surpass him.
During the last few years economic policy has been closely tied to that of Germany under Sarkozy’s rule. This was due to the fact that both Germany and France are the two strongest economies in the European Union. Both France and Germany believed that they must work together to help get through the economic crises that the world and especially the European Union is facing. The fact that Sarkozy’s government has been working so closely with Germany’s over economic policy was a major point in the elections. The French people were sick of