PARIS – Dozens of French opposition lawmakers late on Thursday formally requested an impeachmeant of President FranÃ§ois Hollande over his disclosure of classified information to journalists for a tell-all book.
The head of Franceâ€™s National Assembly confirmed that he had transferred a copy of the impeachment request signed by 79 opposition MPs to the executive branch.
The request, which in part of the French constitutionâ€™s Article 68, faces several political and legal obstacles. Furthermore, it’s a long shot and does not appear to have been taken seriously by the president or the Socialist party.
The impeachment motion was launched by Pierre Lellouche, a member of the right-wing party Les RÃ©publicains (LR), after the publication of a book, â€œA President Shouldn’t Say Thatâ€, in which Hollande openly discussed state secrets such as details of plans for an air strike on Syria in 2013, or paying ransom for abducted French journalists.
â€œ[The impeachment procedure] expresses our deep conviction that a president must not and cannot have the right to say just anything regarding his role as head of state and head of the militaryâ€, said a communiquÃ© from the LR party.
The Socialist president granted a staggering 61 private interviews with Le Monde journalists GÃ©rard Davet and Fabrice Lhommehim over the course of four years for the now infamous book, and even waved any rights to review or edit the book.
By Mehdi CHEBIL