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President of France

President of France
French Republic
InsigniaArmoiries république française.svg
InsigniacaptionNational Emblem of France
IncumbentNicolas Sarkozy
Incumbentsince16 May 2007
ResidenceÉlysée Palace, Paris
TermlengthFive years, renewable once
FormationConstitution of the Fifth Republic,
4 October 1958
InauguralCharles de Gaulle
8 January 1959

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The President of the French Republic ( ) colloquially referred to in English as the President of France, is France's elected Head of State.

Four of France's five republics have had presidents as their heads of state, making the French presidency the oldest presidency in Europe still to exist in some form.

In each of the republics' constitutions, the president's powers, functions and duties, and their relation with French governments differed.

For details about the French system of government see Government of France.

The president of France is also the ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra, Grand Master of the Légion d'honneur and the Ordre national du Mérite and honorary proto-canon of the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

The current President of the Republic is Nicolas Sarkozy, since 16 May 2007.

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