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Jean-Pierre Bel


Jean-Pierre Bel

Jean-Pierre Bel
6th President of the Senate of France
Assumed office
1 October 2011
Preceded by Gérard Larcher
Senator of Ariège
Assumed office
1 October 1998
Preceded by Germain Authié
Personal details
Born (1951-12-30) 30 December 1951 (age 62)
Lavaur, Tarn, France
Political party Socialist
Alma mater University of Toulouse
Profession Jurist

Jean-Pierre Bel (born 30 December 1951) is a French politician who has been President of the Senate of France since 2011. From the Ariège department, Bel is a member of the Socialist Party; he was elected to the Senate in September 1998 and re-elected in September 2008. Bel was President of the Socialist Group in the Senate from 2004 to 2011.

Following the September 2008 Senate election, Bel was the Socialist candidate for the post of President of the Senate on 1 October 2008, but because the right held a majority of seats in the Senate, he was defeated by Gerard Larcher. In the vote, he received 134 votes against 173 votes for Larcher.[1]

The left won a Senate majority in the September 2011 Senate election, and Bel was elected as President of the Senate on 1 October 2011. He received 179 votes against 134 votes for the right's candidate, outgoing Senate President Larcher; a centrist, Valerie Letard, received 29 votes.[2]


  • Page on the Senate website
Political offices
Preceded by
Claude Estier
Leader of Socialist Group in the Senate
Succeeded by
François Rebsamen
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Succeeded by
Jean-Claude Gaudin
Preceded by
Gérard Larcher
President of the Senate

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