France 1815 to 2003


 
The Second Republic, 1848-52 and the Second Empire, 1852-70
 
 

 


 
 

Timeline

 
 

 

1848
23 April Elections give a clear majority to moderate republicans
21 June Ateliers nationaux are disbanded
21-6 June Savage repression of workers' uprising in Paris
10 December Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte wins presidential elections

1849
13 May Legislative elections see swing to the right

1851
December Louis-Napoleon carries out a coup

1852
2 December The Second Empire is proclaimed

1854
27 March Napoleon declares war on Russia

1856
Treaty of Paris marks the end of war with Russia

1858
14 January Napoleon survives assassination attempt

1859
3 May Declaration of war on Austria
24 June Franco-Piedmontese army defeats
Austrians at Solferino

1861
Expedition to defend French interests in Mexico

1863
11 April Cambodia becomes a protectorate

1864
25 May Right to strike is recognised in law