Set up by the Constitution of the Year VIII (1800), and serving for life, the Senate chose the members of the Legislative Body and Tribunate. In 1802 Bonaparte set up “senatorships” that came with land and a manorial house. The Senate was Bonaparte’s favored organ of government because it was agreeable to his demands. For example, it promulgated the decrees that established first the Consulate for Life and then the Empire.
“Senate,” LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY: EXPLORING THE FRENCH REVOUTION, accessed August 10, 2020, https://revolution.chnm.org/items/show/1069.