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France
COUNTRY ELECTION TYPE DATE
French Republic Parliamentary May 25 (Round 1) &
June 1, 1997 (Round 2)
At stake in this election:
  • 577 seats in the National Assembly
Description of government structure:
  • France has a bicameral parliament composed of the Senate and the National Assembly
  • This election was only for the National Assembly.
  • The Senate has 321 seats. Each person is elected to a nine year-term with 1/3 of the Senate being elected every 3 years.
  • The next Senate election is scheduled for 1998.
Results of the electoral race:
  • Party: Socialist Party (PS)
    Leader: Lionel JOSPIN
    Seats won in last election: 67
    Seats won in this election: 242

  • Party: Rally for the Republic (RPR)
    Leader: Alain JUPPE (now led by Philippe SEGUIN)
    Seats won in last election: 247
    Seats won in this election: 134

  • Party: Union for French Democracy (UDF) (a coalition of 4 parties)
    Leader: FranÁois LEOTARD
    Seats won in last election: 213
    Seats won in this election: 107

  • Party: Communist Party (PCF)
    Leader: Robert HUE
    Seats won in last election: 24
    Seats won in this election: 34
When was the last election? Number of seats in last election?
  • National Assembly Elections were last held March 21 & 28 1993
  • 577 seats decided in last election
Population and number of eligible and registered voters:
  • Population: 58,040,230 (1996)
  • Number of eligible (voting age population) voters in this election: 44,300,000 (approximate)
  • Number of registered voters: 38,440,714
Of Interest:
  • On April 21, President Jacques Chirac called a snap election, ten months ahead of the regular schedule.
SOURCE: INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ELECTION SYSTEMS (IFES)
For additional information: IFES ElectionGuide Online









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