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French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative government has lost its majority in the country’s upper house of parliament to the left.
Just seven months before a presidential election, the Sunday defeat at the hands of the country’s left-wing opposition comes as a hard blow to Sarkozy, Reuters reported.
Early results from indirect polls show that left-wing candidates have taken at least 23 seats from the governing party.
That secures them an absolute majority in the upper chamber, the Senate, making it the first time that France’s left takes control of the right-dominated upper house since 1958.
“The 25th of September, 2011, will go down in history,” Jean-Pierre Bel, head of the Socialist group in the Senate, said on LCI television.
“The results of this Senate election represent a real comeuppance for the right.”
Political analysts believe Sunday’s vote will be mirrored in the upcoming presidential and parliamentary vote, giving France’s left absolute power to govern the country.
Sarkozy remains one of the least popular presidents of post-war France, despite a slight increase in approval ratings during the past few months.
He faces a tough battle for re-election in a two-round vote scheduled for next April. French voters are uncertain of their economic prospects, unemployment remains high and the country is affected by the European debt crisis