Party of Order

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Party of Order
Parti de l'Ordre
Leaders Adolphe Thiers,
Odillon Barrot,
François Guizot,
Alexis de Tocqueville
Founded 1848 (1848)
Dissolved 1852 (1852)
Merger of Party of Movement, Party of Resistance, other Legitimists
Headquarters 12, Rue de Poitiers, Paris
Ideology Monarchism
Liberal conservatism
Internal factions:
 • Orléanism
 • Legitimism
Political position Centre-right
Colours          Blue, white
Slogan "Order, Property, Religion"

The Rue de Poitiers Committee (French: Comité de la rue de Poitiers), best known as Party of Order (French: Parti de l'Ordre), was a political group, formed by monarchists and conservatives, in the French parliament during the French Second Republic. It included monarchist members from both the Orleanist and Legitimist factions, and also some republicans who admired the American model of government. After the 1848 elections to the French Parliament, it was the second-largest group of deputies, after the moderate Republicans, with 250 of the 900 seats in the Parliament. Prominent members included Adolphe Thiers, Francois Guizot, and Alexis de Toqueville.

The party won an absolute majority in the 1849 general election,[1] and were opposed to the Presidency of Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte, although he included members of the party in his administration in order to court the political center-right. After the coup d'état in December 1851, the party dissolved and its members were exiled.[2]

The party enjoyed widespread support in the north of France in the 1849 elections, the departments of Finistère, Côtes-du Nord, Manche, Calvados, Eure, Somme, Aisne as well as Deux-Sèvres, Vienne, Vaucluse, and Haute-Garonne returned exclusively Parti de l'Ordre members to parliament. Support was lower in the east of the country.

Electoral results[edit]

National Assembly
Election year # of
overall votes
 % of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
1848 unknown (#2) 22.7
200 / 880
Victor Hugo
1849 3,310,000 (#1) 50.2
450 / 705
Increase 250
Odilon Barrot

See also[edit]


  1. ^ André Petitat (1999). PRODUCTION DE L'ECOLE PRODUCTION DE LA SOCIETE. Librairie Droz. pp. 244–. ISBN 978-2-600-00346-9. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Crime, History & Societies. Librairie Droz. pp. 74–. ISBN 978-2-600-00477-0. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 


  • Atlas Historique, Stock, Paris, 1968