French Senate election, 1959

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The first senatorial elections of the Fifth Republic were held in France on April 26, 1959.[1]

Context[edit]

The Senate was created by constitution of the Fifth Republic to replace Council of the Republic. This election depend largely of the results of 1959 municipal elections.

Results[edit]

Group Ideology Seats Percentage
  Independent Republicans (RI) Liberalism, Right-wing 70 22,6 %
  Democratic Left (GD) Radicalism, Right-wing, Left-wing 66 21,3%
  Socialist (SOC) Socialism, Left-wing 61 19,7%
  Union for the New Republic (UNR) Gaullism, Right-wing 37 12,0%
  Popular Republican Movement (MRP) Christian democracy, Right-wing 34 11,0%
  Republican Centre of Rural and Social Action (CNIP) Conservatism, Right-wing 20 6,5%
  Communist (COM) Communism, Left-wing 14 4,5%
  Non-Registered (NI) None 7 2,3%
Total: 309 100,0 %

Senate Presidency[edit]

On April 28, 1959, Gaston Monnerville a senator from Guyane was elected president of the Senate. Monnerville has been the highest-ranking black politician in French history, and if he was a candidate for reelection in 1968, he could have become the first black president of France the next year when President Pompidou dies.[2]

List of senators elected by region[edit]

Senator Group District Source
Alsace
Louis Jung   RP Bas-Rhin [1]
Michel Kauffmann   RP Bas-Rhin [2]
Michel Kistler   RP Bas-Rhin [3]
Paul Wach   RP Bas-Rhin [4]
Paul-Jacques Kalb   UNR Haut-Rhin [5]
Eugène Ritzenthaler   UNR Haut-Rhin [6]
Modeste Zussy   UNR Haut-Rhin [7]
Aquitaine
Marcel Brégégère   SOC Dordogne [8]
Charles Sinsout[3]   GD Dordogne [9]
Marc Pauzet   CNIP Gironde [10]
Georges Portmann   RI Gironde [11]
Max Monichon   CNIP Gironde [12]
Raymond Brun   CNIP Gironde [13]
Jean-Louis Fournier   SOC Landes [14]
Gérard Minvielle   SOC Landes [15]
Jacques Bordeneuve   GD Lot-et-Garonne [16]
Étienne Restat   GD Lot-et-Garonne [17]
Guy Petit   RI Basses-Pyrénées [18]
Jean Errecart   RP Basses-Pyrénées [19]
Jean-Louis Tinaud   RI Basses-Pyrénées [20]
Auvergne
Fernand Auberger   SOC Allier [21]
Georges Rougeron   SOC Allier [22]
Hector Peschaud   CNIP Cantal [23]
Paul Piales   CNIP Cantal [24]
Robert Bouvard   RI Haute-Loire [25]
Jean De Lachomette   CNIP Haute-Loire [26]
Michel Champleboux   SOC Puy-de-Dôme [27]
Francis Dassaud   SOC Puy-de-Dôme [28]
Gabriel Montpied   SOC Puy-de-Dôme [29]
Lower Normandy
Louis Andre   RI Calvados [30]
Jacques Descours-Desacres   RI Calvados [31]
Jean-Marie Louvel   RP Calvados [32]
Henri Cornat   RI Manche [33]
Léon Jozeau-Marigne   RI Manche [34]
Michel Yver   RI Manche [35]
Étienne Le Sassier-Boisauné   RI Orne [36]
Paul Pelleray   RI Orne [37]
Burgundy
Roger Duchet   RI Côte-d'Or [38]
Étienne Viallanes   RI Côte-d'Or [39]
François Mitterrand   GD Nièvre [40]
Jacques Gadoin   GD Nièvre [41]
Roger Lagrange   SOC Saône-et-Loire [42]
Marcel Legros   RI Saône-et-Loire [43]
Jules Pinsard   GD Saône-et-Loire [44]
Philippe de Raincourt[4]   RI Yonne [45]
André Plait   RI Yonne [46]
Brittany
André Cornu   GD Côtes du Nord [47]
Jean de Bagneux   RI Côtes du Nord [48]
Bernard Lemarié   RP Côtes du Nord [49]
Jean Fichoux   RI Finistère [50]
Yves Hamon   RP Finistère [51]
André Monteil   RP Finistère [52]
André Colin   RP Finistère [53]
Roger du Halgouët   UNR Ille-et-Vilaine [54]
Yves Estève   UNR Ille-et-Vilaine [55]
Jean Noury   RP Ille-et-Vilaine [56]
Marcel Lambert   RI Morbihan [57]
Victor Golvan   UNR Morbihan [58]
Joseph Yvon   RP Morbihan [59]
Centre
 
Champagne-Ardenne
 
Corsica
Jean-Paul de Rocca-Serra   GD Corsica [60]
Jacques Faggianelli   GD Corsica [61]
Franche-Comté
Marcel Boulangé   SOC Territoire de Belfort [62]
Jacques Henriet   RI Doubs [63]
Marcel Prélot   UNR Doubs [64]
Edgar Faure   GD Jura [65]
Charles Laurent-Thouverey   GD Jura [66]
Henri Pretre   RI Haute-Saône [67]
André Maroselli   GD Haute-Saône [68]

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