In the first round of presidential elections in France until today at 12.00, 25.48 percent of voters voted, which is three percent less than in the first round of elections in 2017, when 28.54 percent of people voted, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced.
Before the election, many political scientists expressed fear that the record of low turnout, which was recorded in the first round of the presidential elections in 2002, when 28.4 percent of French people voted, could be broken.
“This is the first election with such a large number of undecided voters, or those who have changed their minds,” said political scientist Pascal Perrineau.
Radio France Info reported that all candidates went to the polls, as did former French presidents, right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist Francois Hollande.
A total of 12 candidates are competing in the first round. According to opinion polls, the favorites to enter the second round are the current president, centrist Emmanuel Macron, and the candidate of the extreme right, Marine Le Pen.
The third would be the leader of the radical left, Jean-Luc Melenchon.
Other candidates would receive less than 10 percent.
The polls will be closed at 8 pm, and the results of the exit polls conducted by public opinion research institutes are expected from then on.