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Keeper of the seals
In the context of the Politics of France under the Republic, "Keeper of the Seals" (Garde des Sceaux) is a title held by the Minister of Justice. Formerly, this title belonged to the Chancellor, the ancien régime counterpart of the minister of justice. The title is nowadays often used interchangeably with "Minister of Justice of France".
The Minister of Justice guards the Great Seal of France, dating from 1848, in his office, as well as the stamping press. The Seal was used in 1958 to seal the Constitution of France and has since been used to seal certain constitutional amendments.
- http://www.justice.gouv.fr/presse/sceauappo.htm (in French)
- http://www.elysee.fr/instit/symb4.htm (in French)
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