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French cantonal elections, 2008

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French cantonal elections, 2008

Cantonal elections to elect half the membership of the general councils of France's 100 departments were held on 9 and 16 March 2008. These elections coincided with the municipal elections, in which the left did well.

Electoral system

The cantonal elections use a two-round system similar to that employed in the country's legislative elections.

  • Councillors are elected from single-member constituencies (the cantons).
  • A candidate securing the votes of at least 25% of the canton's registered voters and more than 50% of the total number of votes actually cast in the first round of voting is thereby elected. If no candidate satisfies these conditions, then a second round of voting is held one week later.
  • Entitled to present themselves in the second round are the two candidates who received the highest number of votes in the first round, plus any other candidate or candidates who received the votes of at least 10% of those registered to vote in the canton.
  • In the second round, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes is elected.

Change in control

From right to left

From PCF to PS

From PRG to PS

From centre to right

From left to right

From UMP to NC

From UMP to DVD

Past general council presidents

Notable new councillors

National results

Party/Alliance Departments Votes % (first round) Votes % (second round)
  PS 3,572,789 26.73% 2,415,348 35.11%
  UMP 3,158,400 23.63% 1,843,500 26.80%
Miscellaneous Right 2,016,938 15.09% 1,035,770 15.06%
PCF 2 1,172,378 8.77% 387,397 5.63%
Miscellaneous Left 0 898,717 6.72% 506,403 7.36%
FN 0 647,749 4.85% 11,232 0.16%
MoDem 2 590,519 4.42% 202,439 2.94%
Les Verts 0 558,612 4.18% 106,789 1.55%
NC 2 265,318 1.99% 161,575 2.35%
PRG 2 183,208 1.37% 100,861 1.47%
Miscellaneous 0 129,925 0.97% 68,486 1%
Regionalists 0 58,441 0.44% 14,785 0.21%
Far-Left 0 50,047 0.37% 7,825 0.11%
Ecologists 0 40,966 0.31% 17,466 0.25%
MNR 0 19,918 0.15% 0 0.00%


  • Ministry of the Interior results
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