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The quinquennat in France refers to the five-year term served by each President of France. It was introduced following the French constitutional referendum in 2000, replacing the previous seven-year term.

The idea of a 5-year term was evoked during the French parliamentary session of 1848, but rejected in favor of a 4-year term. The idea was re-introduced by Georges Pompidou in 1973, who failed to enact it. In the year 2000, Jacques Chirac led a referendum reducing the president's term from seven to five years. Thus, when he was elected in 2002, he was the first president to serve a five-year term.[1]

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  1. ^ "Quinquennat (politique)". Wikipédia (in French). 2016-12-11.