French legislative election, 1876

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French legislative election, 1876

← 1871 20 February and 5 March 1876 1877 →

All 533 seats to the Chamber of Deputies
267 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 75.9

  First party Second party Third party
  Jules Armand Dufaure.jpg Napoléon Joseph Charles Paul Bonaparte painting.jpg Monchablon-Buffet.jpg
Leader Jules Dufaure Napoléon-Jérôme Bonaparte Louis Buffet
Party Republicans
Bonapartist Monarchists
Leader's seat Charente-Inférieure Corse Vosges (lost)
Seats won 393 76 64
Seat change Increase 171 Increase 56 Decrease 332
Popular vote 5,445,128 1,056,517 886,589
Percentage 73.7% 14.3% 12.0%
Swing Increase 38.8% Increase 11.2% Decrease 50%

Prime Minister before election

Louis Buffet
Monarchist

Elected Prime Minister

Jules Dufaure
Republican Left

The 1876 general election to the Chamber of Deputies, the lower chamber of the National Assembly of the French Third Republic under the French Constitutional Laws of 1875, was held on 20 February and 5 March 1876.

The result was a victory for the Republicans. President Patrice MacMahon subsequently invited Jules Simon, who declared himself "resolutely republican and resolutely conservative", to form a government, but dismissed him on 16 May 1877, precipitating the Seize Mai crisis and further elections.[1]

75.90% of eligible voters voted.

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the 20 February and 5 March election results
Chambre des Députés 1876.svg
Parties and coalitions Votes % Seats
Republican Left 2,674,540 36.2 193
Republican Union 1,359,435 18.4 98
Centre-right 746,212 10.1 54
Centre-left 664,941 9.0 48
Republican majority 5,445,128 73.7 393
Bonapartists 1,056,517 14.3 76
Orléanists 554,117 7.5 40
Legitimists 332,470 4.5 24
Conservative opposition 1,943,105 23.3 140
Total 7,388,234 100 533

Source: Roi et President

  1. ^ Gildea, R., Children of the Revolution, London, 2008, p. 252-253