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12 June 2018, 10:21

Rada’s speaker meets French Senate’s top

( Information Department of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Secretariat )

The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine A.Parubiy, during the official visit to the French Republic, met with the President of the Senate of France Gerard Larcher

At the meeting, the parties had ample deliberations on the France-Ukraine bilateral relations, and then highlighted the acute need for further enhancement of the inter-parliamentary cooperation.


Worthy of note


Gerard Philippe Rene Andre Larcher (born in 1949) is a French politician serving as President of the Senate since 2014, previously holding the position from 2008 to 2011. A member of the centre-right the Republicans party, he was a Senator for the Yvelines department from 1986 to 2004 and has been again since 2007. He served as Minister of Labour from 2004 to 2007 under President Jacques Chirac.

Gerard Larcher was born in Flers to a Roman Catholic family. He is the son of Philippe Larcher, director of a textile factory and former mayor of a small town. Upon his second marriage he converted to Protestantism.  Graduated from the National Veterinary School of Lyon, Larcher worked from 1974 to 1979 in the France team of equestrian sports.

President of the Senate

Gerard Larcher was elected as President of the Senate in October 2008 receiving 173 ayes. After the victory of the right in 2014, Larcher was again nominated for the post of President of the Senate, and he was elected as President of the Senate in October 2014.

Political career

Governmental function

  • Delegate Minister for Labor Relations : 2004-2005
  • Delegate Minister for Employment, Labor and for Employability of young : 2005-2007

Senate of France mandates

  • Senator of Yvelines : 1986-2004
  • Vice President of the Senate : 1997-2001
  • President of the Economic Affairs Commission in the Senate : 2001-2004
  • Senator of Yvelines : 2004
  • Senator of Yvelines : Since 2007
  • President of the Senate of France : 2008-2011
  • President of the Senate of France : Since 2014