The France update said that the Post Dictatorship consitution "gave most power to the president of the council of ministers, with the president being a mostly ceremonial post"
Yep, I knew that, and I've already had a chance to evoke it to Kanan a little bit about it. If France is a parliamentary republic, the president do not only has a ceremonial position, he also has certain functions. She exactly said:
"The Constitution of France is more similar to the Fifth Republic than the Third(and Fourth) Republics.
2) The President of France retains some power, but not a whole lot (So it wouldn't be a ceremonial position, just a *mostly* ceremonial position), and it is elected in a two-round vote via universal suffrage."
Even during the third and fourth republics in France, which were ridiculously unstable and parliamentary, the president kept these powers
- legislative initiative
- law enactment
- regulation-making authority (for the enforcement of laws)
- army command
- representation of France / negotiation and ratification of treaties.
Of course it is very likely that I am mistaken, but I think this question is still relevant.