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The French Constitution of 1795 was ratified near the end of the French Revolution. It is most famous for establishing the Directory, the five-man executive branch which remained in power until Napoleon declared himself emperor. It rewrote the tax code, thereby establishing a more conservative republic. It also established a bicameral legislature with two distinct houses, both of which were quite large, which slowed down the legislative process, which many conservatives felt moved far too quickly. The central government also had the power to curtail civil rights in certain circumstances, like rescinding freedom of the press and freedom of speech in times of national emergency.
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