Dataset: France: Parliamentary Election 2007 - round 1 (summary)


<h4>France: Parliamentary Election 2007 - round 1 (summary)</h4>

<p>Regional level data presently not available</p>

<p>The 2007 elections to the National Assembly followed the election as President of the Republic of Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP, the ruling centre-right party). In May, Mr. Sarkozy defeated Ms. Ségolène Royal of the main opposition Socialist Party (PS) in a run-off election, and pledged to take the country into a new era, both economically and socially. The UMP held 359 seats in the outgoing legislature, while the PS had 149. </p>

<p>The June parliamentary elections saw once again a duel between the UMP and the PS. President Sarkozy insisted that he needed a majority in the National Assembly to carry out his presidential programme. Pre-election polls predicted a major victory for the UMP. The PS argued that the country stood to benefit from a diversity of opinion. It was therefore important for the socialist group to be well-represented in the National Assembly. The centrist Union for French Democracy (UDF), whose leader, Mr. François Bayrou had taken 18.5% of the vote in the first round of the presidential election, split in two before the parliamentary elections. Most of the incumbent UDF members offered their support to Mr. Sarkozy in the second round of presidential elections. In late May, they launched a new party, the 'New Centre' party, led by Defence Minister, Mr. Hervé Morin. UDF members loyal to Mr. Bayrou formed the Union for French Democracy-Democratic Movement (MODEM), which refused any electoral alliances with either side of the political divide. </p>

<p>Fiscal issues took centre stage during the period between the first and second rounds. Prime Minister François Fillon came in for scathing criticism from the PS over the government's supposed plans to introduce a "social VAT" (value-added tax). </p>

<p>On 17 June, the second round of elections for the remaining 467 seats involved candidates who had obtained over 12.5 per cent of the registered vote in the first round. Nearly 60 per cent of registered voters turned out at the polls. The UMP fared less well than opinion polls had predicted. The Energy and Environment Minister and former prime minister, Alain Juppé (UMP) was narrowly defeated and subsequently resigned as minister. The final results nevertheless confirmed a clear victory for the UMP, giving it a total of 313 of the 577 seats. The PS took 186 seats. The New Centre party won 20 seats, whereas the MODEM took only three. In all, 107 women were elected. </p>

Full Title

France: Parliamentary Election 2007 - round 1 (summary)

Identification Number



Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Norwegian Social Science Data Services NSD


Date: 2009-04-01

List of Keywords

Topic Classification


Time Period Covered

Start End Cycle
1994 1994

Geographic Coverage

Bulgaria (NUTS 1, NUTS 2, NUTS 3)

Geographic Unit


Unit of Analysis

Statistical/administrative unit

Kind of Data

Aggregate data

Data Collector

Norwegian Social Science Data Services  (NSD)

Mode of Data Collection

National statistics

Data Sources

<p>Ministry of the Interior: <a target="_blank" href="">Election results</a></p>

<p>Inter-Parliamentary Union: <a target="_blank" href="">PARLINE database
 on national parliaments</a></p>

Availability Status

Data is available free of charge

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