Six of the 12 senators’ seats representing the French living outside France were renewed on Sunday, September 26. The former socialist minister, who was not nominated for the PS, was not elected

Massive blow for Ségolène Royal. The former presidential candidate failed on Sunday (September 26th) in the election of senators representing the French living abroad, according to the results communicated by the candidates after the poll.

Ségolène Royal, to whom the Socialist Party had refused the nomination in favor of Yves Chantrel (Rassemblement de la gauche ecologiste social et solidaire), expressed her “disappointment” to the AFP, reports Les Echos. But she added that she did not regret having taken part in “an important campaign” which allowed her to “take the measure of the degradation of France’s image internationally.”

Deploring the “divisive strategy” of the PS, the ex-finalist in the 2017 presidential election announced that she would transform her association Désirs de France into a political party.

Ten lists were in the running. It was a question of filling, by a proportional list system, six of the 12 seats of the senators representing the French living outside France which should have been renewed last September, when the Senate was renewed by half. Their election had been postponed due to the health crisis.

Two of the three outgoing candidates who stood for re-election were re-elected: Christophe-André Frassa (Les Républicains) and the centrist Olivier Cadic. Former Senator LR Jean-Pierre Bansard was also elected on the right, whose election in 2017 was overturned by the Constitutional Council.

In the end, the right loses a seat. On the left, the socialist group retains its seat with Yves Chantrel. The leader of Europe Ecology-Les Verts (EELV) Mélanie Vogel is also elected. Finally, Samantha Cazebonne (LREM) also obtains a seat.

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.

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