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Relaxed runoff election in Paris

My colleague Annika Lasarzik experiences on how election Sunday went in a middle-class district of the French capital and why so many citizens introduced an influence of legal professional with them.

A polling station in a major faculty within the west of Paris, close to the Arc de Triomphe and the federal government district. While in lots of constituencies in Paris a candidate has already gained within the first spherical, right here there may be nonetheless a run-off election: between the Republican candidate, Geoffroy Boulard, and the candidate of Macron's Renaissance occasion, Astrid Panosyan-Bouvet. At round 6 p.m., voter turnout right here was 53 p.c, says election employee Agathe Duclut. At the identical time final week, it was three share factors greater. The queue is lengthy, the temper is relaxed.

18-year-old Mathieu Grenier voted for Renaissance. “I am French, I love my country, so I see it as my duty to defend democratic values. The rise of the extreme right scares me, some people in my school voted for the RN, they watch TikTok and believe Bardella's promises, I find that naive.” 18-year-old Grenier seems at this election evening with blended emotions: “I don't think the RN will achieve an absolute majority. But it is also frustrating that every election seems to be all about preventing Le Pen from winning.”

Grenier additionally voted with a proxy for his mom, who’s working in Montpellier this weekend. 2.4 million proxy playing cards have been issued on this election, a big improve in comparison with the 2022 presidential election. The Left Front specifically had made a large name in its marketing campaign to tackle proxy playing cards for individuals who can’t make it to the polling stations on Sunday. There is not any postal voting in France.