French legislative election, 1876

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French legislative election, 1876
French Third Republic
1871 ←
20 February and 5 March 1876 → 1877

All 533 seats to the Chamber of Deputies
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Jules Favre.jpg Die Gartenlaube (1878) b 009.jpg Rouher, Eugène, par Plock.JPG
Leader Jules Favre Léon Gambetta Eugène Rouher
Party Republican Left Republican Union Bonapartist
Leader's seat Rhône Paris Corse-du-Sud
Seats won 193 98 76
Seat change Increase 81 Increase 60 Increase 56
Percentage 36.21% 18.39% 14.26%
Swing Increase 19.62% Increase 12.76% Increase 11.30%

France Chambre des deputes 1876.png

Composition of the Chamber of Deputies

Prime Minister before election

Louis Buffet
Independent (Legitimist)

Elected Prime Minister

Jules Armand Dufaure

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.


Parliamentary Groups[edit]

Affiliation Party Seats
  Republican Union 98
  Republican Left[2] 193
  Centre-left[3] 48
  Centre-Right 54
  Orleanists 40
  Bonapartists 76
  Legitimists 24
Total 533
  1. ^ Gildea, R., Children of the Revolution, London, 2008, p. 252-253
  2. ^ Supporters of Jules Ferry, including Jules Grévy, Jules Favre, and Jules Simon
  3. ^ Liberal supporters of the Republic