[1848] - Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte elected President of France

Following Cavaignac’s victory over the Paris citizenry in the June Days uprising, presidential elections were held on 10 December 1848. Four candidates, including Cavaignac, stood for election, but the populace voted overwhelmingly in favour of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte. Bonaparte ruled as French president for the next three years before instigating a coup d’état in 1851. This resulted in the restoration of the monarchy as Bonaparte ascended to the throne as Napoleon III. He ruled as Emperor of the French until September 1870. He was the first president and the last monarch of France.

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