The Legislative branch is made up of the Parliament, which like the United
National Assembly. The National Assembly has 577 members and is the more
powerful of the two houses, while the Senate has 319 members in this somewhat
The Judicial branch is in charge of the courts, and criminal trials.
bills passed by the parliament.
almost complete power.
The Local government is divided into twenty-two regions, that are further
divided into ninety-five departements, which are again divided into smaller
arrondissements which are then divided into communes. There are approximately
36,500 communes in France. The communes are run by mayors appointed by local
expressionsof a left-wing party and a right-wing party from the French Revolution,
because at the National Assembly, the radicals would sit on the left, and the
conservatives on the right.