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Sénat (Senate)

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE PARLIAMENTARY CHAMBER

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Parliament name (generic / translated) Parlement / Parliament Parliamentary building
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Structure of parliament Bicameral
Chamber name (generic / translated) Sénat / Senate
Related chamber (for bicameral parliaments) Assemblée nationale / National Assembly
Affiliation to the IPU Yes
Affiliation date(s) 1889 -
LEADERSHIP
President

Gérard Larcher  (M) 

Notes Elected on 1 Oct. 2014.
Secretary General Jean-Charles André (SG de la Questure) (M) 
Jean-Louis Schroedt-Girard (M) 
Notes Mr. Jean-Louis Schroedt-Girard: Secretary General of the Senate
Mr. Jean-Charles André: Secretary General of the Questor's office
COMPOSITION
Members (statutory / current number) 348 / 348
PERCENTAGE OF WOMEN

Percentage of women
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Women (current number) 102 (29.31%)
Mode of designation indirectly elected 348
Notes Indirect election by popularly chosen departmental electoral colleges.
Term 6 years
Notes Until the renewal in 2004 inclusive, senators had been elected for a nine-year term by using series A, B and C, for the renewal of one third of the Senate every three years. The term has been shortened to six years starting from the 2007 renewal. As a transitional measure to introduce the new series 1 and 2, under which half of the Senate is renewed every three years, the mandate of the senators whose term would have normally expired in September 2007, 2010 and 2013 has been shortened or extended to be renewed in September 2008, 2011 and 2014 respectively (cf. law No. 2005-1562 of 15 December 2005). The series 1 and 2 will be first applied to the renewals of 2011 and 2014 respectively. Thereafter, all senators will serve a six-year term.
Last renewal dates 24 September 2017
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Address Sénat
Palais du Luxembourg
15, rue de Vaugirard
75291 PARIS Cédex 06
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Phone (33) 1 42 34 20 00
Fax (33) 1 42 34 26 77
E-mail communication@senat.fr
webmaster@senat.fr
Website http://www.senat.fr

This page was last updated on 15 December 2017
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