LIVE – Presidential Election: The vast majority of polling stations have closed

It’s 7 p.m. and polling stations are closing in many cities across the country

It’s 7 p.m. Most polling stations close. Voters who are registered in the country’s major cities such as Paris, Lyon, Marseille or Strasbourg can cast their ballots in the ballot box until 8 p.m.

Valérie Pécresse arrived at the Maison de la Chimie in Paris to follow the results of the first round

Candidate Valérie Pécresse had just arrived at the Maison de la Chimie in the capital’s seventh arrondissement, where she will follow the results of the first round of the presidential elections.

Emmanuel Macron arrived at the Élysée to follow the announcement of the results

The President of the Republic returned to the Élysée Palace in Paris after going to the polls in Le Touquet (Pas-de-Calais) this Sunday.

H-2 ahead of Round 1 results: Watch our special night on BFMTV now

Extraordinary device for an extraordinary evening. Follow our special evening on the results of the first round of the presidential election from 6 p.m.

Find Apolline de Malherbe and Maxime Switek on BFMTV from 6pm to witness the closing of the polling stations, the announcement of the election results and the first political reactions.

Then find Jean-Baptiste Boursier from 10pm for the rest of this election night.

Follow our special evening on the occasion of the first round of the presidential election.
Follow our special evening on the occasion of the first round of the presidential election. © BFM TV

The abstention rate in the first round in previous presidential elections

The final abstention rate for this first round of the presidential election is estimated at 26.5%, according to a projection by our partner Elabe for BFMTV, L’Express/RMC with SFR.

For comparison, here are first-round abstentions in previous presidential elections:

• 19.98% in 2017
• 18.63% in 2012
• 14.67% in 2007
• 27.16% in 2002

The final abstention rate is estimated at 26.5% according to an extrapolation by Elabe

The French avoided the ballot box. According to an Elabe projection, the final abstention rate for the first round of the presidential election at 8 p.m. is estimated at 26.5 percent The Express produces for BFMTV with our partner SFR. That is more than in the first ballot in 2017, when the final abstention rate was 22.23%. A level not seen since 2002 when it hit 28.40%.

>> Find our article HERE.

The Elabe Institute predicts an abstention of 26.5% for 8 p.m.
The Elabe Institute predicts an abstention of 26.5% for 8 p.m. © BFMTV

The participation rate at 5pm highest in the Dordogne, Aveyron and the Gers

Turnout at 5pm was highest in the departments of Dordogne (75.26%), Aveyron (74.93%) and Gers (73.71%). In contrast, the departments of Haute-Corse (51.23%), Seine-Saint-Denis (51.71%) and Paris (52.17%) are the departments where voters turned out the least.

Turnout at 5 p.m. in Paris is 52.17%, down 12 points from 2017

Turnout for this first round of the presidential election was 52.17% as of 5pm in Paris, down 12 points from 2017 (64.51%).

The departments with the fewest votes in the first round of the presidential election at 5 p.m
The departments with the fewest votes in the first round of the presidential election at 5 p.m. © BFM-TV

Turnout at 5 p.m. is 65%, the lowest since 2002

According to the Interior Ministry, the turnout in the first round of the presidential election at 5 p.m. was 65 percent. A value that has fallen by almost 5 points compared to 2017 at the same time and has not been heard since the presidential election of 2002, in which the turnout was 58.45%. In the first round of the last presidential election, turnout at 5 p.m. was 69.42%, up from 70.59% in 2012.

Ownership is 65% as of April 10, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Voter turnout at 5 p.m. on April 10, 2022 was 65%. © BFMTV

No vote estimate, no results released before 8pm.

Who is in the second round of the presidential election? However, if we want to have a first estimate of the final abstentions, we still have to wait before knowing the first tendencies of the electoral process – it is forbidden to spread warnings before the last polling stations close at 8 p.m.

Only then and not before can BFMTV publish the first estimates from the Elabe Institute: This is how these numbers are calculated.

25.48% turnout at noon, down three points from 2017

Turnout in the first round of the presidential election on Sunday was 25.48%, three points down from 2017 (28.54%) and 2012 (28.3%), according to the Interior Ministry as of noon. However, midday turnout was four points higher than April 21, 2002 (21.39%), a record year for abstention in a first round of presidential elections.

>> Find our article HERE.

The first round is still running, soon an initial assessment of the final abstention

Voting for the first round of presidential elections continues across metropolitan France. You still have until 7 p.m. to vote if you have not yet cast your vote in the ballot box, in some municipalities even until 8 p.m.

We will know the participation numbers in a few minutes at 5 p.m. before the Elabe Institute makes a first estimate of the final abstentions.

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