Senate indirect elections could go to the Left
Indirect election for the Senate or upper house take place today. Members of the lower house, the National Assembly, councillors representatives from regional, departmental and city councils as well as mayors will take the vote, making an electoral college of around 71,890 voters.
A total of 165 of the 348 seats are up for election. As a result of elections in 2008 and March this year the Socialists have a very good chance of turning the Senate to the left. The Senate has been controlled by the right or centre right since the start of the Fifth Republic in 1958.
If the Senate is lost to the left then the work of President Nicolas Sarkozy and his UMP government is going to be made that much harder just seven months before the presidential elections.