French legislative election, 1857

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