Government of France

The Government of France (French: Gouvernement français), officially the Government of the French Republic (Gouvernement de la République française [ɡuvɛʁnəmɑ̃ də la ʁepyblik fʁɑ̃sɛz]), exercises executive power in France. It is composed of the Prime Minister, who is the head of government, as well as both senior and junior ministers.[1] The Council of Ministers, the main executive organ of the Government, was established in the Constitution in 1958. Its members meet weekly at the Élysée Palace in Paris. The meetings are presided over by the President of France, the head of state, although the officeholder is not a member of the Government.

Government of the French Republic
Gouvernement de la République française
Established4 October 1958 (Fifth Republic)
StateFrench Republic
LeaderPrime Minister of France
Appointed byPresident of France
Main organCouncil of Ministers
Responsible toNational Assembly
HeadquartersHôtel de Matignon, Paris (English)

The Government's most senior ministers are titled as ministers of state (ministres d'État), followed in protocol order by ministers (ministres), ministers delegate (ministres délégués), whereas junior ministers are titled as secretaries of state (secrétaires d'État). All members of the Government, who are appointed by the President following the recommendation of the Prime Minister, are responsible to the National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament. Cases of ministerial misconduct are tried before the Cour de Justice de la République.

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