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178 of 348 seats in the Senate
175 seats needed for a majority
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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. The UMP-led coalition won back the majority, regaining control of the Senate after three years.
The incumbent President Jean-Pierre Bel was not candidate for his reelection. 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.
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