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|Type|| General Election|
|Filing Deadline|| December 16, 1953 - 12:00pm|
|Polls Open|| December 17, 1953 - 08:00am|
|Polls Close|| December 23, 1953 - 08:00pm|
|Term Start|| December 23, 1953 - 12:00pm|
|Term End|| January 08, 1959 - 12:00pm|
|Last Modified||La Fayette October 08, 2011 01:11pm|
|Data Sources||[Link] |
The french presidential election in 1953 was the last one under the fourth Republic, and also the last one where the designation of the President was made by the Parliament, and not by the people directly. |
Numerous competitors made a bid for President, but no one could emerge as a victor rapidly. Joseph Laniel seemed to have the better chances, but he never could get more than 50% of the votes at any ballot. Finally he withdrew after several unsuccesful ballots. After Laniel's withdrawal, his close ally Jacquinot also throw his hat in the ring, but was even less succesful.
Finally, the Senator René Coty emerged as a compromise choice for most of the voters, and was elected on the 13th ballot. His only rival left, Marcel-Edmond Naegelen, received a substantial applause for having make it through the 13 ballots.