French Senate election, 2014

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French Senate election, 2014
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178 of 348 seats in the Senate
175 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party
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Leader Jean-Claude Gaudin Didier Guillaume
Party UMP PS
Alliance Presidential Majority Union of the Left
Leader since 1 October 2008
Leader's seat Bouches-du-Rhône Drôme
Seats before 167 (Alliance) 177 (Alliance)
Seats after 187 (Alliance) 152 (Alliance)
Swing Increase 20 Decrease 25

President of the Senate before election

Jean-Pierre Bel

President-elect of the Senate

Gérard Larcher

Red areas show departments in contention in the election (Series 2).
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An indirect election for the French Senate was held on Sunday 28 September 2014. Senators were primarily elected by municipal officials, and the number of seats is fixed at 348. In the 2011 election, the Socialist Party (then in opposition) and other left-of-centre parties gained a majority of seats in the French upper house for the first time in the history of the Fifth Republic.[1] The UMP-led coalition won back the majority, regaining control of the Senate after three years.


Candidates for the Senate Presidency[edit]

The incumbent President Jean-Pierre Bel was not candidate for his reelection.[2] For the UMP Group, the former President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin or Senator Philippe Marini were candidates. Former Minister for Relations with Parliament Roger Karoutchi, former Minister of Defense Gérard Longuet and Senato Bruno Retailleau from Vendée ran for the presidency of the UMP Group.