French legislative election, 1877

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The 1877 general election held to elect the third legislature of the 3rd Republic was held on 14 and 28 October 1877 after President Patrice de MacMahon dissolved the National Assembly, elected in 1876 to benefit the conservatives and royalists. It is noteworthy, however, to say that even though the monarchists lost the election, they increased their seat total over 1876- the Republicans lost 80 seats, but retained a majority advantage of 313 seats over the opposition.

Along with the 1997 election, it is one of only elections in which the sitting President's party lost a general election which he had called. This election proved a serious setback for those hoping for a restoration of the monarchy, such as MacMahon.


Parliamentary Groups[edit]

Affiliation Party Seats
  Republican Union 313
  Bonapartists 104
  Legitimists 44
  Orleanists 11
Total 521