French presidential runoff turnout at 5 pm lower than in 2012

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/5/7 23:07:41

The turnout at 17:00 local time (1500 GMT) in the ongoing runoff of the French presidential election on Sunday is 65.30 percent, lower than the figure in 2012, the French interior ministry announced.

In 2012, the turnout for the runoff at the same hour was registered at 71.96 percent.

In the first around of the election on April 23, the turnout at the same time was 69.42 percent.

The turnout released at noon on Sunday was 28.23 percent, also lower than the figure in 2012, which stood at 30.66 percent.

The two candidates standing for the presidency are centrist former minister of economy Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, who proposed very different visions for the future of France and Europe.

Nearly 47 million voters are expected to cast their ballots on Sunday in more than 66,000 polling stations on the French European continent.


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