The Socialist Party and Left Front which includes the French Communist Party took control of majority of seats in the upper house of parliament for the first time since the foundation of the Fifth Republic in 1958. They have won control from the centre-right and right-wing parties lead by President Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement.
Senate Socialist group leader Jean-Pierre Bel said ‘‘this is a day that will mark history. For the first time, change is in motion’’. Senators for the Parti Communiste Français (PCF) were re-elected and they gained one new seat giving them 15 seats and Pierre Laurent national secretary of the PCF said ‘‘The citadel of the right has fallen’’, adding that the result was ‘‘a final sanction of government policy’’ reflecting ‘‘the anger of local and regional politicians facing repeated attacks by the Sarkozy administration against local democracy….A page is turning - the days of the right in power are numbered. It's a great sign of confidence and hope for the future of elections in 2012’’.