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ELECTION DAY IN FRANCE

Issued on: 10/04/2022 – 06:58

Polling staff start counting votes in the Pacific island of La Réunion, where voting ended ahead of mainland France. © Richard Bouhet, AFP

French voters cast their ballots in the first round of presidential elections on Sunday after a campaign overshadowed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The final rate of abstention is projected to reach 26.5%, according to pollsters Ipsos-Sopra Steria, four points higher than in the first round in 2017. Follow election day as it unfolded on our live blog. 

Click here to follow our liveblog coverage of election results as they come in.

Eleven challengers – from a Communist on the left to anti-immigration candidates on the far right – are looking to unseat the incumbent, Emmanuel Macron, as he seeks to become the first French president to win re-election since Jacques Chirac in 2002. The two candidates who garner the most votes will qualify for the election’s second and final round on April 24. 

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