Parliament of the French Empire
2nd Legislature
Coat of arms or logo.
Type Bicameral
President of the Chamber of Deputies Émile Ollivier, Liberal Bonapartist
since 26th September 1875
President of the Senate Jacques Lambert, Catholic National Union
since 15th October 1871
Established 18th May 1871
Members 700 (500 Deputies, 200 Senators)
Chamber of Deputies Political groups His Imperial Majesty Government (294)
  Liberal Bonapartist Party(294)

His Imperial Majesty Most Loyal Opposition (180)
  Conservative Bonapartist Party (180)

Other parties (26)
  Socialist Union (10)

  Catholic National Union (6)

  Reactionary League (4)

  Christian Democracy Party (4)

  Republican Congress Party (2)
Imperial Senate Political groups His Imperial Majesty Government (102)
  Catholic National Union (47)

  Liberal Bonapartist Party (39)
  Christian Democracy Party (16)

His Imperial Majesty Most Loyal Opposition (43)
  Reactionary League (43)

Other parties (55)
  Conservative Bonapartist Party (28)

  Independents (27)
Chamber of Deputies Voting system Majority vote
Imperial Senate Voting system Majority vote, then selection by the Emperor among the 4 with the most votes
Chamber of Deputies Last election 20th September 1875
Imperial Senate Last election 20th September 1875
Meeting place
Palais Bourbon, Paris(Lower House)
Palais du Luxembourg, Paris(Upper House)Luxembourg palace panorama
The Parliament of the French Empire, also called simply Parliament, is the highest legislative body of the French Empire. It is divided in two houses: The Imperial Senate, the upper house, and the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house. Most laws require the approval of both houses to pass, while some special resolutions require only one of them: the cabinet respond only to the lower house, while the Emperor can only be deemed unfit to rule, and an regent for him be appointed, by the upper house. Recently, universal voting has been extended to women. As such, any citizen with age of 21 or older may vote in any candidate. However, there're still some questioning if women can be candidates.