France is heading for higher abstentions in its presidential election than in 2017, figures released by the Interior Ministry show.
About 25.48 percent of voters had appeared at the ballot box by midday, compared with 28.54 percent in the last presidential election in 2017, when Emanuel Macron was first elected president. However, participation so far remains above the record low of 21.40 percent set in 2002.
Updated turnout numbers are expected at 5:00 p.m. local time. The polling stations close at 8 p.m., when the first election polls are published.
President Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are the clear frontrunners among the 12 candidates, although Macron’s lead has shrunk significantly in recent days. The presidential camp fears that if Macron wins the election, opposition candidates could use high abstention rates to question the legitimacy of his victory.
The two winners of today’s round will face off in a second round on April 24th.
Almost 49 million people are eligible to vote in the presidential election.
https://www.politico.eu/article/france-presidential-election-2022-turnout-25-percent-first-round/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication Turnout falls to 25 percent in first round of French presidential election - POLITICO