French legislative election, 1852

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French legislative election, 1852

← 1849 29 February and 14 March 1852 1857 →

  First party Second party
  Billault, Adolphe - 1.jpg No image.svg
Leader Adolphe Billault Unorganized
Party Bonapartist Opposition
Leader's seat Loire-Atlantique Several
Seats won 253 8
Popular vote 5,218,602 810 962
Percentage 86.5% 13,45 %

French National Assembly 1852.svg
Composition of the Corps législatif

Prime Minister before election

Léon Faucher
Party of Order

Subsequent Prime Minister

François-Xavier de Casabianca

The 1852 general election organized the first legislature of the French Second Empire. The election was held on 29 February and 14 March. Out of 9,836,043 registered voters, 6,222,983 voted (representing an abstention rate of 36.73%).

Emperor Napoleon III's Bonapartists won a huge majority consisting of 258 seats out of 261. (5 Royalists allied with the Bonapartists). The Parti de l'Ordre that had won a majority in the 1849 election was banned following their opposition to the 1851 coup by President Louis Napoleon Bonaparte.


Party Seats
  Bonapartist "Official candidates" 253
  Monarchists 7
  Republicans 3