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Gérard Larcher

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Gérard Philippe René André Larcher born 14 September 1949 is a French politician who has been President of the Senate of France since 2014 He previously served in the same post from 2008 to 2011 A member of the center-right The Republicans, he was a Senator for the Yvelines département from 1986 to 2004 and has been again since 2007


  • 1 Biography
    • 11 Early life
    • 12 Political career
      • 121 Local mandates
      • 122 Government minister
      • 123 President of the Senate
  • 2 Political career
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Early lifeedit

Gérard Larcher was born in Flers, Orne to a Catholic family He is the son of Philippe Larcher, director of a textile factory and former mayor of Saint-Michel-des-Andaines, a small town in the Orne

Upon his second marriage with Christine Weiss, a dentist, he converted to Protestantism From this union were born three children : Aymeric, Dorothée and Charlotte

Graduated from the National Veterinary School of Lyon ENVL, Larcher worked from 1974 to 1979 in the France team of equestrian sports

Political careeredit

Local mandatesedit

In 1976, he joined, as a high school student, the movement of young Gaullists, because he admired Charles de Gaulle and supported the policy of the founder of the Fifth Republic

In 1983, he was elected Mayor of Rambouillet, in Yvelines Two years later, he was elected regional councilor of Ile-de-France

On 28 September 1986, for the first time, Gérard Larcher was elected Senator of Yvelines for the Rally for the Republic RPR Aged 37, he was one of the youngest French senators Appointed Secretary of the Senate in 1989, he was re-elected as a Senator in 1995 and elected as Vice President of the Senate in 1997 In 2001, he was appointed as President of the Senate's Economic Affairs Commission

Government ministeredit

In March 2004, after the defeat of the right in regional elections, Gérard Larcher was appointed Delegate Minister to the Minister of Social Affairs in the cabinet of Jean-Pierre Raffarin He retained his place in the government in June 2005, after the appointment of Dominique de Villepin as Prime Minister

In May 2007, the new President, Nicolas Sarkozy, suggested he enter the government of François Fillon as Minister of Agriculture, but Gérard Larcher declined and preferred to sit in the Senate In the following months, he prepared his candidacy for President of the Senate, to succeed Christian Poncelet On 31 July 2008, he was declared a candidate for the UMP primary to elect the President of the Senate, against former Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin On 24 September, he was elected as the UMP's candidate for the Presidency of the Senate with 78 votes, against 56 votes for Raffarin and 17 votes for Senator Philippe Marini

President of the Senateedit

Gérard Larcher was elected as President of the Senate on 1 October 2008 receiving 173 votes against 134 votes for Socialist candidate Jean-Pierre Bel1

The left won a Senate majority in the September 2011 Senate election, and Jean-Pierre Bel was elected as President of the Senate on 1 October 2011 He received 179 votes against 134 votes for Larcher, who was the right's candidate; a centrist, Valerie Letard, received 29 votes2

After the victory of the right in September 2014 Senate elections, Larcher was again nominated for the post of President of the Senate by members of the UMP group, and he was elected as President of the Senate on 1 October 2014

Political careeredit

Governmental function

  • Delegate Minister for Labor Relations : 2004-2005
  • Delegate Minister for Employment, Labor and for Employability of young : 2005-2007

Senate mandates

Senate of France

  • Senator of Yvelines : 1986-2004
  • Vice President of the Senate : 1997-2001
  • Président of the Economic Affairs Commission in the Senate : 2001-2004
  • Senator of Yvelines : 2004
  • Senator of Yvelines : Since 2007
  • President of the Senate of France : 2008-2011
  • President of the Senate of France : Since 2014

Regional Council

  • Regional councillor of Île-de-France : 1985-1992

Municipal Council

  • Municipal councillor of Rambouillet : Since 1983
  • Mayor of Rambouillet : 1983-2004
  • Deputy Mayor of Rambouillet : 2004-2007
  • Mayor of Rambouillet : 2007-2014


  1. ^ "Séance du 1er octobre 2008 compte rendu intégral des débats", Senate website in French
  2. ^ Fabio Benedetti-Valentini, "French Senate Elects Jean-Pierre Bel First Socialist President", Bloomberg, 2 October 2011

External linksedit

  • Gérard Larcher’s official site
  • Presidency of the Senate
  • Gérard Larcher’s official Senate page
Political offices
Preceded by
Christian Poncelet
President of the French Senate
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Bel
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Bel
President of the French Senate
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Édouard Philippe
as Prime Minister
Order of precedence of France
as President of the Senate
Succeeded by
Claude Bartolone
as President of the National Assembly

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