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  • Following the end of the 9-year terms of 127 "series C" senators, indirect senatorial elections were held in France on September 26, 2004. This was the last renewal of serie C senators- following the electoral reform, senators are not elected by thirds to nine-year terms but by halves to six-year terms. Since 2001, 10 seats had been added to Senate. This election elected Senators from 28 departments on the mainland, 2 from Guadeloupe and Martinique, 2 from overseas territories, Mayotte and Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, and 4 senators representing French citizens abroad. The 117 incumbents were divided in the following way: 65 from the Union for a Popular Movement group 23 from the Socialist Party group 11 from the Communiste, Républicain et Citoyen group 10 from the Union Centriste-Union for French Democracy 7 from the Rassemblement démocratique et social européen 1 miscellaneous from the MPF

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