|President of the French Senate|
1 October 2011 – 30 September 2014
|Preceded by||Gérard Larcher|
|Succeeded by||Gérard Larcher|
|Leader of the Opposition in the Senate|
1 October 2004 – 30 September 2011
|Preceded by||Claude Estier|
|Succeeded by||Jean-Claude Gaudin|
|Senator of Ariège|
1 October 1998 – 30 September 2014
|Preceded by||Germain Authié|
|Succeeded by||Alain Duran|
30 December 1951 |
Lavaur, Tarn, France
|Alma mater||University of Toulouse|
Jean-Pierre Bel (born 30 December 1951) is a French politician who was President of the Senate of France from 2011 to 2014. From the Ariège department, Bel is a member of the Socialist Party; he was elected to the Senate in September 1998 and re-elected in September 2008. Bel was President of the Socialist Group in the Senate from 2004 to 2011.
Following the September 2008 Senate election, Bel was the Socialist candidate for the post of President of the Senate on 1 October 2008, but because the right held a majority of seats in the Senate, he was defeated by Gerard Larcher. In the vote, he received 134 votes against 173 votes for Larcher.
The left won a Senate majority in the September 2011 Senate election, and Bel was elected as President of the Senate on 1 October 2011. He received 179 votes against 134 votes for the right's candidate, outgoing Senate President Larcher; a centrist, Valerie Letard, received 29 votes.
- "Séance du 1er octobre 2008 (compte rendu intégral des débats)", Senate website (French).
- Fabio Benedetti-Valentini, "French Senate Elects Jean-Pierre Bel First Socialist President", Bloomberg, 2 October 2011.
|Leader of Socialist Group in the Senate
|Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
|President of the Senate
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