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It seems very incorrect to me that this template should have a period styled "Interregnum" which falls between two republics... OBELISK BJM (TALK) 05:33, 6 August 2008 (UTC)
Weren't the Monarchs Heads of state too? GoodDay (talk) 14:37, 9 April 2010 (UTC)
Huh, I don't think that Philippe Pétain was a "Republican Head State". He wasn't a republican at all, as Napoléon Bonaparte, L-N III or Louis-Philippe were not too.
As a french I've been a bit surprised to see that.
It must be removed from the list. (Paulgossart (talk) 02:30, 8 March 2011 (UTC))
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