In his television interview, the President of the Republic ultimately mentioned very little about the senatorial elections which were held this Sunday, and which confirmed the domination of the right in the Senate, as well as the difficulties of the presidential camp. But truth be told, he would have been better off not talking about it at all.
In fact, the head of state made a mistake by mentioning to Anne-Claire Coudray and Laurent Delahousse the renewal of part of the senate. While the two journalists questioned him about his political situation and that of his camp, Emmanuel Macron declared: “As I speak to you, we have a third of our senators who are renewed. I want to have a word of respect and democratic and republican friendship towards all the senators, elected or re-elected, and then to all the electors who today have fulfilled their duty. And to proudly conclude: “We are a stable democracy, which is moving forward.”
French democracy has indeed advanced, so much so that in 2003 an organic law changed the terms of renewal of seats in the Senate. While the upper house of Parliament was indeed renewed, until now, by thirds, this law introduced a renewal by half. As for twenty years, half of the Senate seats were renewed this Sunday, and not a third, as the President of the Republic affirmed this evening, live on TF1 and France 2.