Record-low turnout in French municipal elections

epa08296351 Officials wearing gloves count the ballots casted during the first round of the French municipal elections at a polling station, in Beziers, France, 15 March 2020. France is holding nationwide elections to choose all of its mayors and other local leaders despite a crackdown on public gatherings because of the new Covid-19 coronavirus. Several European countries have closed borders, schools as well as public facilities, and have cancelled most major sports and entertainment events in order to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus causing the Covid-19 disease. EPA-EFE/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO

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French voters cast their ballots Sunday in nationwide municipal elections, which saw a record-low turnout after the government ordered cafés, restaurants and all “non-essential” businesses to shut in an increasingly frantic effort to slow the progress of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

The coronavirus pandemic pushed turnout to a record low in French local elections on Sunday, prompting opposition politicians to call on President Emmanuel Macron to postpone the second round.

Only 45.5 percent of potential voters went to the polls, compared with 63.55 percent in the last local elections in 2014, according to an estimate by pollsters Ipsos/Sopra Steria.

France 24  / POLITICO

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