PARIS – Turnout is lower than usual in the second round of the French presidential election on Sunday, apparently reflecting voters’ frustration with the two candidates, centrist President Emmanuel Macron and the extreme challenger right Marine Le Pen.
Turnout at 5:00 p.m. Paris time (3:00 p.m. GMT) was 63%, the Interior Ministry said. It was below 65% at the same time in the last presidential run-off in 2017, when Macron overwhelmingly beat Le Pen, and 72% when socialist Francois Hollande won the presidency in 2012.
Polls ahead of Sunday’s election have given Macron a solid lead over Le Pen, but to keep it he needs the support of many left-leaning voters who shunned him and Le Pen in the first round of the 10th election. april. stay home this time instead.
Polling station projections and the first official results are expected after the last polls in France close at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT).
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LE TOUQUET, France — The two candidates in the second round of the French presidential election cast their ballots — and were treated to an adoring crowd outside their polling stations.
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen went first, cheerfully waving to election workers in the northern town of Hénin-Beaumont, in France’s beleaguered former industrial heartland. She left the voting booth radiant to place it in a transparent box. Outside, she took selfies with supporters.
Then came incumbent Emmanuel Macron, who shook dozens of hands – and was handed a small child to hold – on his journey from his family home in the seaside resort of Le Touquet on the English Channel to his polling station .
Inside, he greeted even more people, posed for photos with his wife Brigitte and voted with a wink at the cameras. The voting booths were protected by curtains in the red-white-and-blue of the French flag.
Around 48.8 million voters are eligible to take part in the second round, which is monitored across Europe. The first results are expected on Sunday evening.
PARIS — France began voting in a second round of the presidential election on Sunday with repercussions for the future of Europe.
Incumbent centrist Emmanuel Macron is the favourite, but he is fighting a tough challenge from his far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
Centrist Macron is asking voters to trust him for a second five-year term despite a presidency troubled by protests, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. A victory for Macron in this vote would make him the first French president in 20 years to win a second term.
The outcome of the vote in France, a nuclear-armed country with one of the largest economies in the world, could also have an impact on the conflict in Ukraine, as France has played a key role in diplomatic efforts and the support for sanctions against Russia.