Senator Nathalie Goulet Orne, who announced his candidacy for weeks individually as President of the Senate, withdrew. She withdrew in favor of François Zocchetto senator from Mayenne.
- LQ with AFP
- Published 30/09/2014 | 4:06 p.m., last updated 30/09/2014 | 4:07 p.m.
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The group of senators UDI-UC (centrist) nominated on Tuesday its chairman, François Zocchetto as a candidate for the election of the President of the Senate, to be held Wednesday.
M. Zocchetto, 55, was also re-elected head of UDI-UC group. With 31 members before, this group is the one that got a significant gain in the Senate on Sunday to 43 senators.
Nathalie Goulet told our colleagues at the BBC that “the unity of the group took precedence over his candidacy “.
centrist senators felt they had a better chance with Senator Mayenne, facing the UMP in the race to the plate.
Nathalie Goulet’s candidacy had attracted enthusiastic comments on social networks, but this is not enough to challenge an entrenched political logic.
A primary to choose the UMP candidate
This will be the man who will represent centrists. Mayenne senator since 2001, Mr. Zocchetto will face in the battle for the platform – Speaker of the Senate -. Socialist Didier Guillaume, and a UMP candidate
Meanwhile, senators UMP must designate on the occasion a primary Tuesday afternoon their candidate, by separating the former Senate President Gerard Larcher, former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, and the chairman of the Finance Committee Philippe Marini.