2014 French Senate election

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.

2014 French Senate election

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178 of 348 seats in the Senate
175 seats needed for a majority
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Jean-Claude Gaudin IMG 3321.jpg Offdg.jpg François Zocchetto 11 janvier 2015.jpg
Leader Jean-Claude Gaudin Didier Guillaume François Zocchetto
Leader since 1 October 2008 15 April 2014 9 February 2011
Leader's seat Bouches-du-Rhône Drôme Mayenne
Seats before 167 (Alliance) 177 (Alliance) 31
Seats after 187 (Alliance) 152 (Alliance) 43
Swing Increase 20 Decrease 25 Increase 12

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
  Éliane Assassi.jpg JVP6.jpg
Leader Éliane Assassi Jacques Mézard Jean-Vincent Placé
Leader since 19 September 2012 1 October 2011 11 January 2012
Leader's seat Seine-Saint-Denis Cantal Essonne
Seats before 21 19 10
Seats after 18 13 10
Swing Decrease 3 Decrease 6 Steady

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).


Candidates for the Senate PresidencyEdit

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.


  1. ^ Louet, Sophie (25 September 2011). "French left seizes Senate majority, hurts Sarkozy". Reuters. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.europe1.fr/MediaCenter/Emissions/L-edito-politique/Videos/Le-president-du-Senat-Jean-Pierre-Bel-ne-sera-pas-candidat-a-sa-propre-succession-1907125/