1902 French legislative election
The 1902 general election was held on 27 April and 11 May 1902.
All 589 seats to the Chamber of Deputies
295 seats needed for a majority
These elections were a victory for the Bloc des gauches alliance between Socialists, Radicals, and the left wing of the Republicans, over the anti-Dreyfusard right wing of the Republicans, the progressistes. The Bloc des gauches had been brought together to support the "Republican Defense Cabinet" (gouvernement de défense républicaine) formed by Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau following the assault on the newly elected president, Émile Loubet, on the Longchamp Racecourse on 4 June 1899, during the Dreyfus affair.
However, Waldeck-Rousseau's own supporters (the ARD) took few seats in the election compared to the Radicals and Socialists. After the election, President Loubet invited the Radical Émile Combes to form a government, which lasted until January 1905, when the Socialists withdrew from the Bloc des gauches.
|Parties and coalitions||Votes||%||Seats|
|Bloc des gauches||4,828,905||57.4||338|
Source: Lingane, les élections de 1902
- Gildea, R., Children of the Revolution, London, 2008, p. 278-282
- L'année Politique 1902, by André Daniel, Librairie Académique Perrin, 1903
- Map of Deputies elected in 1902 according to their group in the House, including overseas (in french)
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