Gérard Larcher

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Gérard Larcher
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President of the French Senate
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 October 2014
President François Hollande
Preceded by Jean-Pierre Bel
In office
1 October 2008 – 1 October 2011
President Nicolas Sarkozy
Preceded by Christian Poncelet
Succeeded by Jean-Pierre Bel
Senator of Yvelines
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 October 2007
Minister for Employment, Labor and Employability of young
In office
31 May 2005 – 15 May 2007
President Jacques Chirac
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin
Minister for Labor Relations
In office
31 March 2004 – 31 May 2005
President Jacques Chirac
Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin
Senator of Yvelines
In office
2 October 1985 – 30 April 2004
Personal details
Born (1949-09-14) 14 September 1949 (age 65)
Flers, Orne, France
Political party UMP
Spouse(s) Christine Weiss
Children 3

Gérard Larcher (born 14 September 1949) is a French politician who has been President of the Senate of France since 2014. He previously served in the same post from 2008 to 2011. A member of the center-right Union for a Popular Movement, he was a Senator for the Yvelines département from 1986 to 2004 and has been again since 2007.

Biography[edit]

Larcher was born in Flers, Orne to a Catholic family, but converted to Protestantism upon his second marriage with Christine Weiss. He was a junior minister in the Ministry of Social Affairs and was the Mayor of Rambouillet from 1983 to 2004.

President of the Senate[edit]

Following the September 2008 Senate elections, Larcher was endorsed for the position of President of the Senate by the majority UMP Parliamentary Group after a contest against former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. He was elected as President of the Senate on 1 October 2008 receiving 173 votes against 134 votes for Socialist candidate Jean-Pierre Bel.[1]

The left won a Senate majority in the September 2011 Senate election, and Jean-Pierre Bel was elected as President of the Senate on 1 October 2011. He received 179 votes against 134 votes for Larcher, who was the right's candidate; a centrist, Valerie Letard, received 29 votes.[2]

After the victory of the right in September 2014 Senate elections, Larcher was again nominated for the post of President of the Senate by members of the UMP group, and he was elected as President of the Senate on 1 October 2014.

Political career[edit]

Governmental function

  • Minister for Labor Relations : 2004-2005.
  • Minister for Employment, Labor and for Employability of young : 2005-2007.

Senate mandates

Senate of France

Regional Council

Municipal Council

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Minister for Employment, Labor and
Employability of young

2004-2005
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Minister for Labor Relations
2005-2007
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Senate of France
Preceded by
Christian Poncelet
President of the French Senate
2008-2011
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Bel
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Bel
President of the French Senate
2014-present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Manuel Valls
as Prime Minister
Order of Precedence of France
as President of the Senate
Succeeded by
Claude Bartolone
as President of the National Assembly