April 21, 2002 Held


French Republic

Election for President (French Presidency)


Voter Participation

Cast Votes:29,497,272
Valid Votes:28,501,773
Invalid Votes:995,499

Vote Share by Candidate:

Jacques CHIRAC5,666,298


Lionel JOSPIN4,610,506


Francois BAYROU1,949,434


Arlette LAGUILLER1,630,243


Jean-Pierre CHEVENEMENT1,518,895


Noel MAMERE1,495,898


Alain MADELIN1,113,705


Robert HUE960,753

Election Results Modified: Jun 21, 2024

General Information

At stake in this election:

  • The office of President of France

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: President Jacques CHIRAC
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister Lionel JOSPIN
  • Assembly: France has a bicameral Parliament (Parlement) consisting of the Senate (Sénat) with 321 seats and the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) with 577 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The President is elected by popular vote to serve a 5-year term.
  • In the Senate (Sénat) 321 members are elected by an electoral college to serve 9-year terms. In the National Assembly (Assemblée Nationale) 577 members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms.

Main Candidates in the First Round of the Presidential race:

  • Jacques CHIRAC*
    • Party: Rally for the Republic
  • Jean-Marie Le PEN*
    • Party: National Front
  • Lionel JOSPIN
    • Party: Socialist Party (PS)
  • Francois BAYROU
    • Party: Union for the French Democracy (UDF)
  • Arlette LAGUILLER
    • Party: Trotskyite Workers' Struggle
  • Jean-Pierre CHEVENEMENT
    • Party: Citizens Movement (MdC)
  • Noel MAMERE
    • Party: Green Party
  • Alain MADELIN
    • Party: Liberal Democracy (DL)
  • Robert HUE
    • Party: French Communist Party (PCF)

*Jacques CHIRAC and Jean-Marie Le PEN advanced to the second round of the presidential race, held on May 5, 2002.

Last Presidential election:

  • Presidential Elections were last held April 23 and May 7, 1995. Jacques CHIRAC received 52.69% of the vote, thereby defeating Lionel JOSPIN, who received 47.31%.

Population and number of registered voters:

  • Population: 61,805,267 (2002)
  • Registered Voters: 41,193,693 (2002)

Gender Data:

·         Female Population: 31,603,453 (2002)

·         Is France a signatory to CEDAW: Yes (17 July 1980)

·         Has France ratified CEDAW: Yes (14 December 1980)

·         Gender Quota: Yes

·         Female candidates in this election: Yes

·         Number of Female Parliamentarians: 71 (National Assembly) following 2002 election; 35 (Senate) following 2001 election) 

·         Human Development Index Position: 22 (2014)

·         Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) Categorization: Very Low

Disability Data:

·         Is France a signatory to CRPD: Yes (30 March 2007)

·         Has France ratified CRPD: Yes (18 February 2010)

·         Population with a disability: 9,270,790 (est.)

Election Modified: Jun 21, 2024

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