The former socialist minister Ségolène Royal failed Sunday, September 26 in the election of senators representing the French abroad. It is a new elected environmentalist, Mélanie Vogel, who will join the upper house of Parliament.
Ségolène Royal, to whom the PS had refused the nomination, expressed his ” disappointment “ but said not to regret having taken part in “An important campaign” which allowed him to “Take the measure of the degradation of the image of France internationally”. Lamenting “The division’s strategy” of the PS, the ex-finalist of the 2017 presidential election announced that it would transform its association into a political party “Desires of France”.
For its part, EELV welcomed in a press release the arrival in the Senate of Mélanie Vogel, “An experienced young woman, member of the leadership of the European Green Party and committed to feminist, anti-racist and LGBTI issues”.
Six seats to be filled
It was a question of filling, by a proportional list system, six of the 12 seats of the senators representing the French established outside France which should have been renewed last September, during the renewal by half of the Senate. Their election had been postponed due to the health crisis.
Ten lists were in the running. Two of the three outgoing candidates who stood for re-election were re-elected: Christophe-André Frassa (Les Républicains – “Together, the Right and the Independents for the French Abroad”) and Olivier Cadic (centrist, list “Free and Independent”).
Former senator LR Jean-Pierre Bansard was also elected on the right (list “The voice of French people living abroad”), whose election in 2017 was annulled by the Constitutional Council.
In the end, the right loses a seat. Jacky Deromedi (LR), second on Christophe-André Frassa’s list, was not re-elected, while Robert del Picchia (LR) did not stand for re-election.
On the left, the socialist group retains its seat, despite the division, with the election of the candidate invested by the party Yves Chantrel (“Rally of the social and united ecological left”).
The leader of Europe Ecology-Les Verts (EELV) Mélanie Vogel (“Ecology-Solidarity-Proximity”). It will consolidate the environmental group, the smallest in the Senate with currently 11 members, since the exclusion of Esther Benbassa.
Finally, the list of the presidential majority party (“French abroad, our future is written together”), led by LREM deputy Samantha Cazebonne, also obtained a seat.
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The six senators elected on Sunday will take office on Friday, October 1, 2021. Their mandate, expiring on September 30, 2026, is therefore exceptionally reduced to five years.