PARIS: France's centre-right Les Republicains party was on course to maintain its majority in the Senate after Sunday's (Sep 27) vote, while President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party avoided mishap 18 months away from a general election.
Partial results also 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, handing the party a little more clout in the upper house.
"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.
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.
Macron's La Republique en Marche (LaRem) controls the lower house with the support of a junior alliance partner.
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