The French began voting on Sunday in an election that will decide whether incumbent President Emmanuel Macron will remain in office or be ousted by the far-right Eurosceptic Marine Le Pen in a crucial second round of the presidential election, in which they face each other for the second time since 2017.
The polls opened at eight in the morning (6:00 GMT) and will close at eight in the evening (18:00 GMT), and preliminary forecasts are expected to appear as soon as the polls close.
Voting continues in the second round of the French presidential elections in the French overseas territories, and voting began yesterday in the archipelagos of Saint Pierre and Miquelon off the coast of Canada, then in French Guiana in South America, and in the French Caribbean islands of Martinique, Guadalupe, Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy, then in the regions of the Pacific Ocean.
In the French elections, attention is directed to the possible rates of turnout or abstention from voting, which would be a decisive factor for both candidates. The first round of these elections showed a turnout rate of about 26%, the largest since the 2002 elections.
It is noteworthy that the Paris suburbs, which have a large population of French people of foreign origin, were the least likely to vote during the first round.
Referring to the last elections in 2017, the percentage of abstention from voting in the second round, which took place between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, was about 25%.
Outgoing President Emmanuel Macron (28.5%) and the far-right National Rally candidate Marine Le Pen (23.6%) led the results of the first round of the French presidential elections, while the far-left candidate and head of the France Proud Party Jean-Luc Melenchon came third with 21.1 %).