Leader of the Opposition in the French Senate

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Leader of the Main Opposition in the Senate
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Didier Guillaume

since 1 October 2014
Style The President
Residence None
Term length 3 years
Inaugural holder Antoine Courrière

In France, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate is the leader of the largest opposition group in the Senate. This status has no official recognition in the French Constitution. What is more, the ideological differences between groups in the Senate is smaller than as usual, as the powers of the Senate allow it, at best, to lengthen the time for a bill.

List of Opposition Leaders in the Fifth Republic[edit]

Political Party:   Socialist   UMP

Name Took office Left office Political Group Notes
Antoine Courrière[1] 28 April 1959 2 October 1974 Socialist
Marcel Champeix[2] 2 October 1974 2 October 1980 Socialist
André Méric[3] 2 October 1980 22 June 1988 Socialist Resigned to join the government
Claude Estier[4] 22 June 1988 1 October 2004 Socialist Did not seek reelection to the Senate
Jean-Pierre Bel[5] 1 October 2004 1 October 2011 Socialist Opposition won 2011 Senate elections, subsequently he became President of the Senate.[6]
Jean Claude Gaudin[7] 1 October 2011 1 October 2014 UMP First right-wing opposition leader of the Fifth Republic
Didier Guillaume[8] 1 October 2014 Incumbent Socialist