Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Nearly half of France’s Senate seats are up for grabs Sunday in an election that is likely to leave the chamber dominated by conservatives and serve a new electoral blow to President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party.

The opposition Republican Party is projected to win a majority from the vote for about half of the 348-seat parliament, and the Green party hopes to win a caucus for the first time.

In France, which has a bicameral system, half of the members of the Senate are replaced by elections held every 3 years. In this context, local councilors and other elected members, whose number is 75 thousand, determine the members of the Senate by voting.

The progressive Republican Party, led by Emmanuel Macron, has continued to lose votes since 2017, when it came to power overshadowed by yellow vests and a Coronavirus outbreak.

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