French constitutional referendum, May 1946

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A constitutional referendum was held in France on 5 May 1946.[1] Voters were asked whether they approved of a new constitution proposed by the National Assembly elected in 1945.[2] Moderates, Radicals, and the Popular Republican Movement (MRP) campaigned against the referendum. It was rejected by 52.8% of voters, with a turnout of 79.6%.[2] Subsequently, a revised proposal was approved in a further referendum in October.


Choice Metropolitan France Total
Votes % Votes %
For 9,109,771 47.0 9,454,034 47.2
Against 10,272,586 53.0 10,584,359 52.8
Invalid/blank votes 513,054 528,985
Total 19,895,411 100 20,567,378 100
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p674 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ a b Nohlen & Stöver, p684