France 2022 elections, direct runoff between Macron and Le Pen | Polls on exit from Belgium: ‘Macron is ahead’

from Chiara Severgnini, Greta Sklonich and an online editorial

About 48.7 million voters were called to the polls to choose between outgoing President Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

• The outgoing president favors Emmanuel Macron for a second term, but the extreme right has never been close to the possible elections of the Elysee.
• Nearly 48.7 million French citizens were invited to the polls, with seats open from 8 to 20, but there are fears of a strong abstention.
• The first figures show turnout at 12, a decline compared to the 2017 poll. At 17, turnout was 63.23%, down from the first round. For premieres, you have to wait for the polls to close at 8pm.

7:39 pm – Results of the outer regions revealed: a journalistic error during the French live TV broadcast

A slip of a French journalist who revealed in advance during a live broadcast on the French news channel “Lci” the results in the French overseas territories that, according to Belgian media, will see the candidate of the National Rally Marine Le Pen in command. “If we rely on Dom-Tom’s results, there will be a big vote for Marine Le Pen,” Zaffran said before being interrupted by the French channel hosts who tried to correct the error. The controversy has already started on social media in France.

7:22 p.m. – Most polling stations closed, big cities still standing

A few minutes ago, at seven in the evening, most polling stations for the French presidential elections closed their doors. Seats in major cities such as Paris, Marseille, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon and Nice are still open until 8pm. This morning they all opened at 8.

6:36 pm – Belgian media: in four polls for Macron between 55% and 58%

Outgoing President Emmanuel Macron’s lead in the lead is confirmed in recent polls by the main French polling companies: his advantage range is between 55% and 58% of the vote. This is what we read in the French-speaking Belgian press, which is authorized to publish opinion polls even at the stage of electoral silence: the contestant Marine Le Pen will collect between 42 and 45% of the vote.

6:27 pm – US Embassy: Risk of unrest after the elections

The US Embassy in France warns of possible “risks of terrorism and unrest”, as well as possible “violent demonstrations”, starting at 20 pm today, immediately after the announcement of the presidential election result. “Spontaneous demonstrations in major French cities after eight in the evening can turn violent,” the memorandum said. Therefore, the embassy called on its citizens to avoid the demonstration sites. Among those reported are in Lyon and the other planned in the station square in Strasbourg.

18:03 – Where Macron and Le Pen will celebrate, if they win

Where do we celebrate victory, after all? Each of the candidates in the second round had to request it in time, so that he could plan the travel and logistics in the best possible way. So we already know which destinations Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will choose. The outgoing president plans to speak in Paris at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. In 2017, Macron actually wanted to speak under the symbolic monument to Ville Lumiere, but in the end he had to make a victory speech from the pyramid of the Louvre, after the metropolitan city refused to accept his request. On the other hand, his rival planned to get to the thirteen buses of his campaign in Boulogne and then rendezvous with the caravan in Paris. He emphasized that “the idea is that the thirteen buses represent a French region and that they follow Le Pen’s car according to a planned route around the main Parisian monuments and thus the French monuments of the capital.” Franceinfo An executive officer in the National Assembly.

17:01 – turnout at 17.00

At 5 p.m., the turnout was 63.23%, down from the first round (when 65% of voters voted at the same time): the Ministry of the Interior announced. In 2017, meanwhile, turnout was slightly higher, to be exact at 65.30%.

According to a survey just prepared by Elabe for BFMTV And Expressthe second round of the French presidential election could have a 28% abstention: if predictions turn out to be correct, it will be the highest abstention since 1969.

15:22 – The importance of weather

Who will win the elections? The answer to this question may be influenced by the weather. Opinion polls seem unanimous to point out the clear advantage for the outgoing president: it has been given between 42.5% (Ipsos) and 47 (Odoxa), 45 for Ifop and 44.5 for Elabe.

The only danger Macron faces is abstaining. And here, as Aldo Cazullo explained, the weather can make a difference: “Today it rains on the cities of the northwest and the southwest reservoir of Macron: the old are in Brest and Rennes, in Bordeaux and Toulouse. He can be urged to stay at home.”

2:00 p.m. – Le Pen: “I am calm, I trust the French”

Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the National Rally for the presidential election, appeared calm and confident during the vote at her college in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, where she did not. She does not spare herself in several selfies with his supporters.

13:12 – Macron crowds into Le Touquet . seat

Outgoing French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte voted simultaneously at their polling station in Le Touquet, northern France, in the same constituency (Pas de Calais) where his opponent, Marine Le Pen, had already voted. On leaving his home and arriving at the polling station, Macron, accompanied by Brigitte and surrounded by dozens of cameras, allowed hundreds of supporters who greeted him to shake his hand, hug him, kiss him and take selfies next to him.

12:04 p.m. – Voter turnout is 26.4%.

At 12 the turnout was 26.41%, lower than the 2017 ballot, when 28.23% of eligible voters voted at the same time. This is two points lower than in the 2017 poll, but also one point more than two weeks ago, marking the first round of elections, when it was 25.48%.

11:15 a.m. – Le Pen votes at Henin Beaumont polling station

Marine Le Pen, the caucus candidate for the presidential election, voted at her college in Henin-Beaumont, northern France, around 11 a.m., French media reported.

Apr 24, 2022 (change on Apr 24, 2022 | 19:42)

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