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Portrait Name
Term of office Political party
2 Adolphe Thiers
31 August 1871 24 May 1873 Moderate Monarchist (Orléanist);
Opportunist Republican
Initially a moderate monarchist, named President of France following the adoption of the Rivet law, establishing provisional republican institutions. He became a supporter of the Third Republic during his term. He resigned in the face of hostility from the National Assembly, largely in favour of a return to the monarchy.
3 Patrice de MacMahon,
Duke of Magenta

24 May 1873 30 January 1879 Monarchist (Legitimist)