1981 French presidential election

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1981 French presidential election

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  François Mitterrand avril 1981.jpg Valéry Giscard d’Estaing 1978(3).jpg
Candidate François Mitterrand Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Party Socialist Party (France) Union for French Democracy
Popular vote 15,708,262 14,642,306
Percentage 51.8% 48.2%

French presidential election result map second round 1981.svg
Results of the second round: the candidate with the plurality of votes in each administrative division.
  François Mitterrand
  Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

President before election

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
Union for French Democracy

Elected President

François Mitterrand
Socialist Party (France)

The French presidential election of 1981 took place on 10 May 1981, giving the presidency of France to François Mitterrand, the first Socialist president of the Fifth Republic.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Eder, Richard (11 May 1981). "Mitterrand Beats Giscard; Socialist Victory Reverses Trend of 23 Years in France". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 5 November 2010.