Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Left Takes the Senate

A first in the history of the Fifth Republic and another sign that Sarkozy's unpopularity has crippled the governmental right: the left has captured the Senate:

La gauche est majoritaire au Sénat pour la première fois

La gauche a remporté, dimanche, au moins 23 sièges aux élections sénatoriales. Elle obtient ainsi la majorité absolue. Le président du Sénat, Gérard Larcher (UMP), annonce qu'il sera tout de même candidat à sa succession. Retrouvez les résultats détaillés et les biographies des sénateurs élus en "une" du

UPDATE: MYOS asks in a comment to another post how the Senate could have been "designed" to return a safe right-wing majority. The design was sociological: by having mayors elect senators, the constitution ensured that small communes would have disproportionate representation. These were mostly rural at a time when left-wing power was concentrated in and around industrial cities. The rural constituency outweighed the urban in terms of communes but not in terms of population. So this rigged things in favor of the right. But the demographics have changed. clerical and industrial workers, state employees, and other non-farmers have been priced out of many urban areas and now live in less expensive suburbs scattered over the countryside. Hence their representation has increased. Furthermore, the left dominance of regional governments has made even more traditional rural areas more dependent on left-leaning regional councils, etc.


Anonymous said...

Thank you! It makes a lot of sense.

This article is in English (although I like your explanation better)


Anonymous said...

Libé's front page:!/0_0