1857 French legislative election

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  First party Second party
  Atelier Nadar - Morny.jpg Michel Goudchaux.jpg
Leader Charles de Morny Michel Goudchaux
Party Bonapartist Opposition
Leader's seat Puy-de-Dôme Seine
Seats won 276 7
Popular vote 5,471,000 665,000
Percentage 89.1% 10.9%

French National Assembly 1857.svg
Composition of the Corps législatif

Prime Minister before election

Jules Baroche

Subsequent Prime Minister

Jules Baroche

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Parliamentary elections were held in France on 28 February 1857, with a second round on 5 March.[1] According to the constitution of the empire, partisans of the regime ran as "official candidates" of the regime in often gerrymandered circonscriptions. As official candidates, their campaign expenditures were paid by the government and their campaigns led by the local government.


Party Votes % Seats
Government candidates 5,471,000 89.1 276
Opposition candidates 665,000 10.9 7
Invalid/blank votes
Total 6,136,000 100 283
Registered voters/turnout 9,490,206 64.5
Source: Nohlen & Stöver, Kings and Presidents


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p673 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7