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Turnout in the first round of the French presidential elections is 65 percent as of 5:00 p.m., according to the Ministry of the Interior, the lowest figure since the 2002 elections, thus confirming fears of an increase in abstention.

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In 2017 at the same time the participation rate was 69.42 per cent in metropolitan France and in 2002 the rate was 58.45 per cent.

Polling stations have opened at 8:00 a.m. in mainland France and will close at 7:00 p.m. or 8:00 p.m., depending on each municipality. When the last polling station closes, the first official results will be announced.

The first round of the presidential elections in France, in which the highest position of the State is renewed for the period 2022-2027, takes place normally, although until 12:00 local time only 25.48 percent had gone to the polls. of the voters summoned, according to an update released by the Ministry of the Interior.

12 candidates participate in the elections, including the current president, Emmanuel Macron (center), who is seeking re-election.

Until noon, it was reported that most of them had already voted, like Macron himself, and his closest contender, Marine Le Pen, representative of the National Group (far right).

The socialist Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, as well as Jean-Luc Mélenchon (left), Valérie Pécresse (conservative right), Éric Zemmour (far right) and Yannick Jadot (environmentalist) also attended the polling stations.

Development of the elections

The schools opened their doors at 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT) and will be operating until 19:00 local time (17:00 GMT), although they may extend their work if voters are present.

For these votes, more than 48.7 million citizens were called and the electoral authorities plan to announce the first official results on Sunday night.

To win the Presidency in this first round, a candidate must receive more than 50 percent of the valid votes, something that has never happened during the Fifth Republic, in force since 1958.

The polls indicate that no candidate will win on this day, so a second and final round should be held on April 24. Opinion polls predict that Macron and Le Pen will make it through to the second round of elections.

Local press media report that in the 2017 French presidential elections, the participation rate at noon was three points higher (28.54 percent) than that computed this Sunday.

According to journalistic reports and experts, abstention could exceed 28.4 percent in these elections. In 2017 it stood at 22.2 percent, although at the end of election day the turnout was 77.8 percent.

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