La moitié du Sénat français, soit 170 sièges, est renouvelée ce dimanche 24 septmbre lors d’élections au suffrage indirect qui pourraient voir le Rassemblement national remporter des élus à la chambre haute.
Quelque 78 000 « grands électeurs » (députés, sénateurs, conseillers régionaux, départementaux, municipaux) sont appelés aux urnes entre 8 h 30 et 17 h 30 pour départager 1 829 candidats.
The Republican party hopes to maintain the majority in the Senate, where Emmanuel Macron’s camp has a group led by François Patriat, the elected representative of Côte-d’Or.
The National Rally no longer had any senators.
Among the unknowns of the election is the score of the National Rally, a finalist in the last two presidential elections, which aims to win several seats. The far-right party, which has 89 deputies, no longer has a senator since Stéphane Ravier’s departure to Eric Zemmour’s Reconquête party during the last presidential campaign.
The left, the second political force in the Senate, is divided in this election. France insoumise, which has no elected representatives in the upper house, has presented its own candidates, unlike the communists, socialists, and ecologists who have made a joint candidacy in some constituencies.
Only one member of the government is in the running: Secretary of State for Citizenship Sonia Backès.
The election for the President of the Senate is scheduled for Monday, October 2nd. The Republican candidate Gérard Larcher, aged 74, is expected to win his fifth term.