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The first results of the senatorial elections showed a strengthened right on Sunday and a return of an environmental group to the Senate in a ballot marked by overall stability.
Senate elections intended to renew half of the upper house were marked Sunday, September 27 by an environmental breakthrough and good resistance from La République en Marche in an assembly where the Republican right remains in the majority.
This evening, the senatorial majority of the right and of the center is reinforced. On October 1, I will present to my colleagues my candidacy for the presidency of the @Senate with a project to contribute to the vitality of democracy and restore the confidence that our country lacks so much.
– Gérard Larcher (@gerard_larcher) September 27, 2020
According to the first results communicated at the beginning of the evening, the right has strengthened its anchoring and the Socialist group should remain in second position.
The right confirmed
“This election, in an unprecedented health, economic and social context, reinforces the senatorial majority of the right and the center”, welcomed Gérard Larcher (LR), who has every chance of being reelected to the presidency on Thursday . According to him, “the great voters have signified today that they want the Senate to be both open and a demanding counter-power, participating in a rebalancing of powers for the benefit of communities”.
The leader of senators LR Bruno Retailleau was himself reelected with 70.8% of the votes in Vendée. “The senatorial elections have strengthened the group The Republicans”, which is “the result of an opposition neither caricatured nor complacent,” he said.
The president of the centrist group Hervé Marseille also boasts “a good vintage”, before the next regional and departmental deadlines in March 2021.
The boss of the LR group sees these senatorial elections as a “new defeat” for LREM, with scores “from the President of the Republic’s party not living up to its expectations”.
The two members of the government in the running, Sébastien Lecornu in the Eure and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne in the Yonne, were however elected. They will not be sitting in the Senate immediately.
Threatened in Côte d’Or by the socialist Colette Popard, the president of the group La République en Marche François Patriat also finally won. “It is not the berezina that we had announced” given the poor results of the presidential party in the municipal elections, he told AFP, foreseeing as many elected LREM (numbering 23 so far ) see more.
Ecologists recover a group
This year were concerned by the renewal of 172 seats out of 348, i.e. the elected representatives of 58 metropolitan departments between Ain and Indre and between Bas-Rhin and the Territoire de Belfort, outside Ile-de-France. The Overseas Territories have also renewed the senators of Guyana and 4 communities (Wallis and Futuna, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, French Polynesia). One hundred and seventeen leavers represented themselves.
As of Sunday evening, environmentalists announced the formation of a group in the Senate, a rebirth. Such a group already existed between 2011 and 2017.
“There will be a green group in the Senate”, ie at least 10 elected, assured Senator EELV Esther Benbassa, who will run for president, while his colleague Ronan Dantec even counted on a total of “14 or 16 elected”, counting those in place.
In the early evening Sunday, the senator already counted six successful environmental candidates, including two in the Rhône.
“Congratulations to the 6 EELV elected officials who are joining the #Senat and will help form an ecological group,” said MEP Yannick Jadot on Twitter.
– Yannick Jadot (@yjadot) September 27, 2020
The Socialists will “perhaps lose three or four seats” but “the left bloc will emerge strengthened” from the elections, consoled their leader Patrick Kanner. The PS will retain its place as the 2nd group in the Senate.
The RN saves its seat
Sunday’s ballot reserved some surprises and novelties. Little concerned by the renewal (3 out of 16 senators), the Communist majority CRCE “is strengthening”, with seats confirmed in the Côtes d’Armor and Seine-Maritime, and new elected in the Bouches-du-Rhône and in Dordogne.
For the first time, a Corsican nationalist accedes to the High Assembly, Paul Toussaint Parigi, called in Corsica Paulu Santu Parigi and elected in Haute-Corse.
Claude Malhuret, president of the group of Independents, the smallest in the Senate with 13 seats, is unsurprisingly confirmed in the Allier and foresees “such a large group”.
The RDSE with a radical majority (14 renewable out of 24) has lost several seats, but its president Jean-Claude Requier believes in its maintenance.
In the Bouches-du-Rhône, Senator RN Stéphane Ravier saved his seat. Jean-Noël Guérini, referred to the criminal court for “illegal taking of interests”, was also re-elected. And MP LR Valérie Boyer will join the Senate.
Some 87,000 major voters voted this Sunday, mainly representatives of the municipalities, but also of the departments and regions, partly by majority vote and partly by proportional representation.
From Monday, the compositions of the different groups will refine. The list of their members and their political statements must be submitted before Monday, October 5 at 4 p.m., but things should be stalled for the resumption of sessions in the hemicycle on Thursday, with the election of the President of the Senate.