In France, the first round of the presidential elections began today, Sunday. Companies offer their employees bonuses if they vote.
The polling stations in France have been open since 8 a.m. The Grand Nation enters the first round of the presidential election today.
head of state Emmanuel Macron hopes for a second term, his biggest competitor: the right Marine Le Pen. The left is also hoping for a place in the run-off election on April 24 Jean-Luc Melenchon. A total of twelve candidates are running.
The French election campaign got off to a slow start, and a high turnout was not expected in advance. Having lunch with Stand25.48 percent of registered voters cast their vote. The turnout was initially lower than at the same time in the first ballot in 2017, when it was 28.54 percent. In 2007, 30.88 percent of voters had voted by noon, compared to the historically low turnout in 2002, when the figure was 21.39 percent.
Shortly before the election, three out of ten French did not know who they would vote for.
In France, therefore, attempts are being made to increase voter turnout with unusual individual campaigns. For example, the boss of a real estate agency in Le Creusot in Burgundy promised his employees a bonus of 100 euros if they voted, like the newspaper The Parisian reported.
“When I saw the probability of a very high level of abstention, I said to myself that I had to do something,” said owner Pierre-Jacques Laskar. So he promised his 14 employees the bonus, 50 euros for each of the two ballots.
In France, participation in the election is stamped on the voter card, so it is easy to prove.
Ski pass for one euro
In this respect, the offer in the winter sports resort of Gets in the French Alps, which offers voters the ski pass on Sunday for one euro instead of 37.50 euros, is also easy to put into practice.
Walkers who would have voted could also use the gondola for one euro. Pursuing your favorite sport on Sunday does not have to stand in the way of the civic duty of voting, said the place, which also ended the winter sports season with the campaign.