France’s centre right keeps the leadership in the Senate

French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with President of Senate Gerard Larcher.

France's centre-right Les Republicains party was on course to maintain its majority in the Senate after Sunday's vote, news wires reported.

"This election, in the current social, economic, and public health context, brings comfort to the centre-right majority," Gerard Larcher, the leader of Les Republicains said in a statement. As results gradually came in Sunday night, he tweeted that the center-right majority was intact, and that he would run for another term as Senate leader “to restore the confidence that our country so lacks.” His coalition had 143 seats in the previous chamber.

President Emmanuel Macron’s La Republique en Marche (LaRem), created just four years ago and with just 23 seats in the outgoing Senate, controls the lower house with the support of a junior alliance partner.

Partial results showed France's green party making gains, with leaders of the Europe Ecology - The Greens saying they expected to be able to form a group.

Half of the Senate's 348-seates were being contested.

Under France's Fifth Republic, the Senate has less influence over legislating than the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament. In case of disagreement over legislation, it is the Assembly which has the last word.

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