Under Article 27 of the Basic Law No. 2011-6 of 16 December 2011 on the organization provisional government the Constituent Assembly ended with the provisions of the Constitution of 1 June 1959. Download

Article 57 (Amended by constitutional law n° 88-88 dated July 25, 1988 and by constitutional law n° 2002-51 dated June 1, 2002)

Should the office of President of the Republic become vacant because of death, resignation, or absolute disability, the Constitutional Council meets immediately and certifies the definitive vacancy by an absolute majority of its members. It addresses a declaration to that effect to the President of the Chamber of Advisors and to the President of the Chamber of Deputies who shall immediately be vested with the functions of interim president of the Republic for a period ranging from 45 to 60 days. If the definitive vacancy coincides with the dissolution of the Chamber of Deputies, the President of the Chamber of Advisors is vested with the functions of interim president of the Republic for the same period.
The interim president of the Republic shall take the constitutional oath before the Chamber of Deputies and the Chamber of Advisors meeting in common session, and, if need be, before the two bureaus of the two chambers. If the definitive vacancy coincides with the dissolution of the Chamber of Deputies, the interim president of the Republic takes the constitutional oath before the Chamber of Advisors and, if need be, before its bureau.
The interim President of the Republic may not stand as candidate to the Presidency of the Republic, even in case of his resignation.
The interim President of the Republic exercises the powers of the President of the Republic, without, however, the possibility of resorting to referendum, dismissing the government, dissolving the Chamber of Deputies, or taking the exceptional measures provided for in Article 46.
During the period of interim presidency, no modification of the Constitution may take place, and no motion of censure may be presented against the government.
During the same period, presidential elections shall be held to elect a new President for a five-years term of office.
The new President of the Republic may dissolve the Chamber of Deputies and hold early legislative elections in accordance with the provisions paragraph 2 of article 63.