1974 French presidential election

1974 presidential election in France

Presidential elections were held in France in 1974, following the death of President Georges Pompidou. They went to a second round, and were won by Valéry Giscard d'Estaing by a margin of 1.6%. It is to date the closest presidential election in French history.

1974 French presidential election

← 1969 5 May 1974 (first round)
19 May 1974 (second round)
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  Valéry Giscard d'Estaing 1976 White House.jpg Conferentie van leiders sociaal-democratische partijen EEG-landen in Den Haag, Bestanddeelnr 927-5559 (cropped).jpg
Candidate Valéry Giscard d'Estaing François Mitterrand
Party RI PS
Popular vote 13,396,203 12,971,604
Percentage 50.8% 49.2%

French presidential election result map second round 1974.svg
Results of the second round: the candidate with the plurality of votes in each administrative division.
  Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
  François Mitterrand

President before election

Alain Poher
(acting President after Georges Pompidou died in April)

Elected President

Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

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