Participation in the French elections at 12.00 drops three points compared to 2017

25.48% of French voters have voted at noon this Sunday (10:00 GMT) in the first round of the presidential electiona figure lower than that of five years ago, according to data published by the Ministry of the Interior.

In the previous elections of 2017, at the same time 28.54% had voted and the participation stood at 77.8% at the end of the day. As a comparison, in 2012 the participation rate at the same time was 28.29% and in the 2007 elections it reached 31.21%. Low turnout record in the first round at noon it was 21.40% in the 2002 elections.

The possibility of high abstention, even at a record level, among the 48.8 million citizens called to the polls It is one of the keys to this day, according to the polls of voting intentions.

The first to go to the polls among the candidates was the socialist Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, who cast her vote in a school in the 15th district of the capital.

Later, Jean-Luc Mélenchon (left), Valérie Pécresse (conservative right), Éric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen (both far-right) and Yannick Jadot (environmentalist) voted progressively among the main candidates. Instead, the outgoing president, Emmanuel Macron, has not yet voted in the small town of Le Touquet (north), where he is registered.

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