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Legislative elections: at 5 p.m., participation still on the rise during this “seismic vote”



At noon, The participation rate was 26.63%the strongest for legislative elections since 1981, recalls the BBC in his liveThis strong turnout was confirmed throughout the day, reaching 59.71% at 5 p.m., according to figures from the Ministry of the Interior, compared to 59.39% in the first round. The evening indicated furthermore that “more than 2.6 million proxies (had been) registered for the second round”.

The results of this “seismic poll”, as described The Guardianare closely scrutinized by foreign media. Because, as the BBC, “While after an intense campaign many French people will probably breathe a sigh of relief that it is coming to an end, an even more difficult period could begin for France, which will find itself either without a clear parliamentary majority or navigating the uncharted waters of a far-right government.”.

“Chronic political instability just weeks before the Paris Summer Olympics”: This is also one of the scenarios evoked by The New York Times in an article reporting a record turnout this Sunday. The American newspaper, like most foreign media, said it fears violence when the results are announced. “Authorities have deployed 30,000 security forces across the country, including around 5,000 in the Paris region, to deal with possible unrest.”

New Caledonia: Emmanuel Tjibaou, elected

Faced with the choice between a candidate from the presidential majority and a candidate from the New Popular Front, the approximately 250,000 French people living in Belgium were also more mobilised than ever, notes The Free. In the first round, the turnout was around 77%. It should be comparable on Sunday, July 7. Already, notes the Brussels newspaper, 40% of the 105,000 voters registered with the Consulate voted via the Internet.

Although the participation of French people abroad is often less significant than that of French people in France for reasons of distance, in Belgium, we have a fairly high participation rate,” welcomes Stéphanie Rouville, Consul General of France in Brussels, to The Free.

“Our Belgian friends follow French politics closely. They remind us of the challenges facing our country. The fact that voting is compulsory in Belgium surely plays a role as well.”

Moreover, reports The Republic, “For the first time since 1986, New Caledonia is sending an independentist to the Assembly.” Emmanuel Tjibaou, son of the independence leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou assassinated in 1989, was elected with 57.01% of the vote. “He becomes the first pro-independence MP elected since 1986,” notes the Italian daily. At the Bourbon Palace, he should sit among the elected representatives of the New Popular Front.

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