1852 French Second Empire referendum

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A referendum on re-establishing the Empire was held in France on 21 and 22 November 1852.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of the re-establishment of the Empire in the person of Louis Napoléon Bonaparte and family.[2] It was approved by 96.9% of voters with a 79.8% turnout.[2]


French constitutional referendum, 1851
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 7,824,189 96.9
No 253,145 3.1
Valid votes 8,077,334 99.2
Invalid or blank votes 63,326 0.8
Total votes 8,140,660 100.00


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen & Philip Stöver (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p673 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p683