A man casts his vote in the first round of the French presidential election in Montreuil, outside Paris, Sunday, April 10, 2022. —
French voters took to the polls on Sunday in what’s expected to be a tight race for the 12 presidential candidates.
This first round of the highly anticipated contest for leadership of Europe’s second-largest economy will determine which two candidates make it to the next election on 24 April.
Turnout was at 65% at 5:00 pm CET, several points lower than what it was at that time in the last election in 2017.
Here are the latest updates on the French election:
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- 1 Here are the latest updates on the French election:
- 2 High abstention rate in first round of the election
- 3 Poll says Emmanuel Macron would win in second round against Marine Le Pen, but not by much
- 4 Two dominant parties in France have ‘collapsed almost completely,’ expert tells Euronews
- 5 ‘We have the choice between two enemies’, says Workers’ Struggle candidate Nathalie Arthaud
- 6 ‘A clash between Europeanism and nationalism’, says former Italian PM
- 7 ‘This time it’s really scary’: French newspaper writes on front page
- 8 Socialist Party, Republicans, Communists and Greens below 5% mark, with survival at stake, expert says
- French President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen have qualified for the runoff of France’s presidential election.Several candidates have called on their supporters to vote against the far-right in the runoff election on 24 April.Turnout was at 65% at 5:00 pm, nearly five points lower than in the last election in 2017, when it was 69.42% at the same time. Participation was estimated to be at 71%, according to AFP.How does the election system work? Here’s a look at how the vote works.The French president is afforded more powers than other European presidents. Here’s a rundown of how the Fifth Republic works.From inflation and the war in Ukraine to COVID-19 and the environment, there are a lot of topics that have played a role in the first round of this election.
High abstention rate in first round of the election
The abstention rate in the first round of France’s election was at around 26 to 28.3%, according to pollster estimates.
It’s a high rate for a presidential election which typically has better participation than other elections. The record highest abstention rate in a first round of a presidential election was in 2002 at 28.4%.
Poll says Emmanuel Macron would win in second round against Marine Le Pen, but not by much
Incumbent President Emmanuel Macron would win in the second round against Marine Le Pen 51% to 49%, according to a poll carried out by the Ifop-fiducial institute for TF1 / LCI / ParisMatch / SudRadio.
The poll predicts a much closer race for Macron compared to the 2017 race where he won the election against Marine Le Pen 66.1% to 33.9%.
Two dominant parties in France have ‘collapsed almost completely,’ expert tells Euronews
The two dominant political parties in France, the Socialists and the Republicans, have «collapsed almost completely at the national level,» said Douglas Webber, an emeritus professor of political sciences at INSEAD.
«As national political forces and presidential and parliamentary elections, they’re at their weakest ever,» he added.
He said this indicated that there was a new political line in France that was not right and left but more a «cosmopolitan, liberal, internationalist» camp on Emmanuel Macron’s side and an «insular, conservative nationalist» camp with Marine Le Pen.
«French voters are going to be posed with a very fundamental choice between these two directions,» he said.
‘We have the choice between two enemies’, says Workers’ Struggle candidate Nathalie Arthaud
Far-left candidate Nathalie Arthaud said the second round of the presidential election was the choice between «two enemies» denouncing both Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen.
She said that on 24 April she would vote «blank».
‘A clash between Europeanism and nationalism’, says former Italian PM
«It will again be a Europeanism/nationalism clash. Putin will support nationalism. We, Europeanism,» said former Italian PM Enrico Letta.
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‘This time it’s really scary’: French newspaper writes on front page
Socialist Party, Republicans, Communists and Greens below 5% mark, with survival at stake, expert says
The results for the two traditional French parties on the right and left as well as for the Greens are financially «catastrophic», Sciences Po Lyon professor Paul Bacot told Euronews.
«The legislative elections look bad for them,» he added, with their «material survival at stake».