1906 French legislative election

The 1906 general election was held on 6 and 20 May 1906.

1906 French legislative election

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All 585 seats to the Chamber of Deputies
293 seats needed for a majority
Registered11,341,062
Turnout8,812,493 (77.70%)
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Sarrien.jpg Auguste Isaac.jpg Jacques Piou (Agence Meurisse, 1913) (cropped and adjusted).jpg
Leader Ferdinand Sarrien Auguste Isaac Jacques Piou
Party Bloc des gauches
Republican Federation Right-wing coalition
Leader's seat Charente-Maritime Rhône Lozère
Seats won 357 78 96
Seat change Increase 19 new party Decrease 28
Popular vote 4,320,611 1,864,557 1,750,104
Percentage 49.03% 21.16% 19.86%
Swing Decrease 8.37% new party Decrease 1.14%

Prime Minister before election

Ferdinand Sarrien
Radical-Socialist Party

Elected Prime Minister

Ferdinand Sarrien
Radical-Socialist Party

The elections produced an increased majority for the governing coalition between the Radicals (PRRRS) and the left Republicans (ARD), which had held power under the premierships of Maurice Rouvier and Ferdinand Sarrien since January 1905.

Sarrien resigned on 20 October for reasons of health. Georges Clemenceau, also a Radical, replaced him, and remained premier until July 1909, after which he went on to become one of the longest-serving French Prime Ministers. The Bloc des gauches formally dissolved with Clemenceau's coming to power.

Electoral SystemEdit

By the law of 13 February 1889 [fr], French legislative elections would take place utilising a first past the post system to elect one deputy in each constituency to the Chamber of Deputies (France), with some arrondissements being divided into multiple constituencies, though most containing only one.[1]

ResultsEdit

Popular VoteEdit

Party Votes[2][3] % Seats[3]
  Republican, Radical and Radical-Socialist Party 2,514,508 28.53 132
  Independent Radicals 692,029 7.85 115
  Democratic Republican Alliance 908,993 10.31 90
  Independent Socialists 205,081 2.33 20
Bloc des Gauches[a] 4,320,611 49.03 357[b]
  Popular Liberal Action 1,238,048 14.05 66
  Nationalists [fr] 512,056 5.81 30
Right-wing coalition 1,750,104 19.86 96
  Republican Federation 1,864,557 21.16 78
  French Section of the Workers International 877,221 9.95 54
Total 8,812,493 100 585
Turnout 8,812,493 77.70
Abstentions 2,528,569 22.30
Registered voters 11,341,062
Popular vote
PRRRS
28.53%
FR
21.16%
ALP
14.05%
ARD
10.31%
SFIO
9.95%
RI
7.85%
Nationalistes
5.81%
SI
2.33%

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The Bloc des gauches had been formed as a coalition of the French parliamentary left to contend the 1902 French legislative election. The Socialist Party (and later the French Section of the Workers International) left the alliance in 1904, but the coalition continued to function until the ascension of Georges Clemenceau in October 1906.
  2. ^ The Independent Socialists are not always included, so this number may also be cited as 337.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Law of 13 February, 1889
  2. ^ Laurent de Boissieu. "Chambre des députés 1906". france-politique.fr..
  3. ^ a b Roi et President