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June 17, 2012 Held

France

French Republic

Election for Assemblée Nationale (French National Assembly)

Results

Voter Participation

Voter
Turnout*
Cast Votes:23,957,594
Valid Votes:23,029,183
Invalid Votes:928,411

Vote Share by Party:

Party Seats Won Seats Change Votes

Socialist Party 258 - 9,420,426

40.91%

Union for a Popular Movement (Union pour un Mouvement Populaire) 185 - 8,740,625

37.95%

Europe Ecology - The Greens (Europe Écologie - Les verts) 16 - 828,916

3.60%

Miscellaneous Left (Divers gauche (DVG)) 14 - 417,940

1.81%

Miscellaneous right (Divers droite (DVD)) 14 - 418,135

1.82%

New Centre (Nouveau Centre) 11 - 568,288

2.47%

Radical Party of the Left (Parti radical de gauche) 11 - 538,324

2.34%

Left Front (Front de gauche) 10 - 249,525

1.08%

Radical Party (Parti radical) 6 - 311,211

1.35%

Regionalists 2 - 135,534

0.59%

Centrist Alliance (Alliance centriste) 2 - 123,352

0.54%

Centre for France (Le Centre pour la France) 2 - 113,196

0.49%

National Front (Front National) 2 - 842,684

3.66%

Extreme right 1 - 29,738

0.13%
Election Results Modified: Mar 28, 2023

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • 577 seats in the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale)

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President François HOLLANDE
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Jean-Marc AYRAULT
  • Assembly: France has a bicameral Parliament (Parlement français) consisting of the Senate (Sénat) with 331 seats and the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) with 577 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by absolute majority vote through a two-round system to serve a 5-year term.
  • Prime Minister is appointed by the president.
  • In the Senate (Sénat) 331 members are indirectly elected by an electoral college to serve 9-year terms*. In the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) 577 members are elected by absolute majority vote in single-member constituencies to serve 5-year terms.**

* Electoral Colleges are 128 territorial constituencies (number of seats dependent on population) comprising the departments of metropolitan France, overseas departments and territories, territorial collectivities and French citizens residing abroad One third of the Senate is renewable every three years.

** A candidate is elected in the first round if he/she obtains an absolute majority of the total votes cast, provided this amount is equal to a quarter of the number of registered voters in the particular constituency. In order to be eligible for the second round, candidates must have obtained a number of votes equal to at least 12.5% of the total number of registered voters. However, if only one candidate fulfills this condition, the person who polls the second largest number of votes in the first ballot may also participate in the second at which, to be elected, a simple majority suffices

Main parties in the First Round of the electoral race:

  • Party: Union for a Popular Movement / Union pour un Mouvement Populaire (UMP)
    • Leader: Nicolas SARKOZY
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 313
  • Party: Socialist Party / Parti socialiste (PS)
    • Leader: Martine AUBRY
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 186
  • Party: New Centre / Nouveau Centre (NC)
    • Leader: Hervé MORIN
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 22
  • Party: National Front / Front National (FN)
    • Leader: Marine LE PEN
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 0
  • Alliance: Europe - Ecology - The Greens / Europe - Écologie - Les verts
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 3
  • Party: Radical Party of the Left / Parti radical de gauche
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 6
  • Party: Radical Party / Parti radical
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 18
  • Party: Centrist Alliance / Alliance centriste
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 0
  • Party: Left Front / Front de gauche
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 18
  • Party: Centre for France / Le Centre pour la France
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 3
  • Independent(s): Regionalists
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 0
  • Independent(s): Ecologists
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 0
  • Independent(s): Other right
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 8
  • Independent(s): Other left
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 0
  • Independent(s): Extreme right
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 0
  • Party: Extreme left
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 0
  • Independent(s): Other
    • Leader: N/A
    • Seats won in last National Assembly election: 0

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 65,630,692 (July 2012 est.)
  • Registered Voters: 46,082,104 (May 2012)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 33,689,339 (2012)

·         Is France a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has France ratified CEDAW: Yes (14 December 1980)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 155 (National Assembly) following 2012 election; 49 (Senate) following 2011 election) 

·         Human Development Index Position: 22 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low

Disability Data:

·         Is France a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has France ratified CRPD: Yes (18 February 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 9,844,603 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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