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French Republic

République française
Great Seal of France
Great Seal
Motto: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
"Liberty, Equality, Fraternity"
Anthem: Le Chant des Girondins
"The Song of Girondists"
The French Republic in 1848
The French Republic in 1848
Capital Paris
Common languages French
Roman Catholicism (official)
Government Unitary semi-presidential republic (1848–1851)
Unitary authoritarian presidential republic (1851–1852)
• 1848–1852
Prince Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte
Vice President  
• 1849–1852
Henri Georges Boulay de la Meurthe
Prime Minister  
• 1848 (first)
Jacques-Charles Dupont
• 1851 (last)
Léon Faucher
Legislature National Assembly
23 February 1848
27 April 1848
• Constitution adopted
4 November 1848
• Coup of 1851
2 December 1851
• Empire reestablished
2 December 1852
Currency French Franc
ISO 3166 code FR
Preceded by
Succeeded by
July Monarchy
Second French Empire
Today part of  France

The French Second Republic was a short-lived republican government of France under President Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte. It lasted from the 1848 Revolution to the 1851 coup by which the president made himself Emperor Napoleon III and started the Second Empire.

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