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1976 French cantonal elections

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Cantonale elections to renew canton general councillors were held in France on 7 and 14 March 1976. The left won a convincing victory, the PS gained 194 seats and the PCF 75. 15 presidencies also swung to the left.

Electoral system

The cantonales elections use the same system as the regional or legislative elections. There is a 10% threshold (10% of registered voters) needed to proceed to the second round.

National results

Runoff results missing

Party/Alliance % (first round) Seats
  PS 26.6% 513
PCF 22.8% 242
Miscellaneous Right 12.5% 269
MR-Centrists 11.8% 250
  UDR 10.6% 171
  RI 8.5% 175
Miscellaneous Left 4% 93
MRG 2.4% 84
Far-Left 0.7% 4


Alain Lancelot, Les élections sous la Ve République, PUF, Paris, 1988