The result was known in advance: the Republicans and Hervé Marseille's UDI retained the senatorial majority after the renewal of 170 of the 348 seats in the Luxembourg Palace. As of this Sunday, September 24 in the evening, the president of the LR group, Bruno Retailleau, welcomed a "consolidated senatorial majority" with the UDI group of Hervé Marseille and the victory of the group Les Républicains which "remains very largely the first group in the Senate". If the right had 145 seats before the election, it expected Sunday night to have only 143 or 144.
If there were some defeats in Maine-et-Loire, Seine-et-Marne for example (to the benefit of the RN), or in Paris, where Senator Pierre Charon (dissident list) was defeated, the LR list made a big score in the capital and the Republicans won two seats in the Pyrénées-Orientales. What strengthen a little more Gérard Larcher, re-elected Sunday evening in the Yvelines, whose re-election for a new term as president of the Senate, is little doubt, on October 2. Hervé Marseille, largely re-elected, with two seats in the Hauts-de-Seine, also sees his group of sixty senators consolidate his implantation.
On the left, Yannick Jadot and Ian Brossat become senators
On the left, the PS (62 seats before the final results) retains the second largest group in the Senate. "Symbolically, it's important," says the socialist leader – and candidate in the North – Patrick Kanner, satisfied to have signed "a win-win agreement" with the communists and ecologists in fifteen departments. As in Paris where the left-wing list won all eight seats.
Thus, the former ecologist presidential candidate Yannick Jadot or Anne Hidalgo's communist deputy, Ian Brossat, are entering the Senate. The former minister of François Hollande, Laurence Rossignol, managed to be elected despite her change of department, from Oise to Val-de-Marne.
The ecologist senator of the French abroad, Mathilde Ollivier, becomes the youngest of the House after her election, Sunday, at 29 years old. Another lesson, the Insoumis, for lack of local elected representatives, and excluded from the agreement between the socialists, the ecologists and the communists, come out losers of the election even if they win a seat in Reunion.
The defeat of Renaissance, Secretary of State Sonia Backès defeated
As for the Renaissance party, it is paying for its lack of territorial implantation and its poor results in the last municipal elections. With an emblematic defeat, that of the Secretary of State for Citizenship Sonia Backès, the only member of the government running at the national level, beaten in the second round in New Caledonia by the separatist Robert Xowie. A surprise of the election.
Will she still retain her place in government? According to our information, Sonia Backès jumped on a plane to Paris where her future remains to be determined. Another failure, in Paris, where the presidential majority disappears after the defeat of Senator Julien Bargeton. Edouard Philippe's Horizons party is doing better after its municipal victories in Reims or Angers, synonymous with seats on Sunday night.
Three seats for the National Rally
This Sunday, it is especially the RN that rejoiced by making its big return to the upper house. Jordan Bardella's party had no senator since the transfer of Stéphane Ravier to Reconquest, Eric Zemmour's party. From now on, the RN has three seats in its ranks, after the election of Christopher Szczurek in Pas-de-Calais, Joshua Hochart in Nord and Aymeric Durox in Seine-et-Marne.
Nevertheless, the RN elected representatives will not be able to form a group – 10 MEPs are needed – which will limit their influence in the hemicycle. Senator Reconquest Sébastien Meurant was defeated.