French connections

Is the French Senate a retirement club for old politicians?

FRENCH CONNECTIONS: France is gearing up for yet another election on Sunday, September 24, this time to renew just about half of the Senate’s 348 red velvet seats. The French Parliament is the bicameral legislature. The lower house (the National Assembly) tends to overshadow the upper house (the Senate). So what does the Senate do? Is it a powerful protector of the regions or a retirement club for old, mostly male politicians?