Presidential 2022 LIVE: Polling Stations Open, Hidalgo 1st candidate to vote

LIVE – It’s finally D-Day: This Sunday, April 10, 2022, the first round of the presidential election opens. From the opening of the polling stations to the results announced at 8 p.m., you can follow live this election day when more than 47 million registered voters are invited to go to the polls to decide who Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Valérie Pécresse, Jean Lassalle, Marine Le Pen, Philippe Poutou, Emmanuel Macron, Eric Zemmour, Nathalie Arthaud, Anne Hidalgo or Fabien Roussel, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and Yannick Jadot can enter the second round.

While the official campaign ended at midnight on Friday, the first results are expected from 8 p.m.

>>> Follow the first round of the 2022 presidential election live

9:20 a.m. – Bruno Le Maire, Olivier Dussopt and Amélie de Montchalin have voted

Before 9am, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire himself shared a photo of his voting card with the famous formula “Has voted” to indicate that he had gone to his polling station. Just like Amélie de Montchalin, Minister for Transformation and Public Services, and Olivier Dussopt, Minister Delegate for Public Accounts, who shared a photo of this moment on Twitter.

09:19 – Prime Minister Jean Castex went to vote

From his stronghold of Prades in the Pyrénées-Orientales, Prime Minister Jean Castex dropped his ballot into the ballot box just after 9am. An express trip to the city where he was mayor from 2008 until his appointment to Matignon in July 2020.

8:50 am – Anne Hidalgo, first candidate to vote

Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris and socialist candidate for the presidential election, went to the polls shortly before 9 a.m., accompanied by her husband Jean-Marc Germain. The city council took a few moments to pose in front of the targets at their polling station in the capital.

08:45 – Nicolas Sarkozy has voted

Former President of the Republic Nicolas Sarkozy has cast his ballot at his polling station in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, reports Cnews. Throughout the election campaign, the former head of state never officially endorsed LR candidate Valérie Pécresse. A heavy silence.

08:15 – New abstention counts in Polynesia

In French Polynesia, where voting for the first ballot was brought forward due to the time difference, the abstention rate at 5:00 p.m. local time was 23.78% compared to 43.97% at the same time in the first ballot of 2017 The Independence Party, the main opposition party in this Pacific area, had called for abstention.

In New Caledonia, participation peaked at midday at 17.59%, up from 19.86% 5 years ago.

8.10 a.m. – Edouard Philippe voted in Le Havre

He’s one of the first. Former Prime Minister and current Mayor of Le Havre, Edouard Philippe, went to the vote in his city this morning. With a special feature, as BFM emphasizes, those elected voted at a machine, the city is one of the few to have one.

8 a.m. – Polling stations open

It’s kick-off, everywhere in France the polling stations open at 8 a.m. You have until 7 p.m., especially in big cities even until 8 p.m., to cast your ballot.

7:30 am – Google on Presidential time

If you got up early and took the opportunity to hang out on the internet, you might have noticed that Google also got in time for the first round of the presidential election. In its doodle of the day, the search engine shows a ballot box in the colors of the French flag. Click on it to learn how to vote.

7 am – The weather for the first round

How do I dress to vote in the first round? The good news is that, a priori, no umbrella is required! After record rain in the Paris region at the end of the week – and even a few snowflakes in places – Météo France announces sunshine across France this Sunday. The lows this morning are fluctuating between 1 and 9 degrees and even as low as 12.

Do you have everything you need to vote?

From the voter ID to the polling station, including blocking, masks, subtleties of the blank vote, The HuffPost offers you a practical guide so that you don’t forget anything before going to the polls and electing the future President (or Presidents) of the Republic.

>>> Voter card, polling station, anti-covid rules… are you ready to vote?

Just make sure you vote blank and not null

You voted for white in the first round of the presidential election? Unlike abstention, the blank vote is disregarded when voting in France, but has been distinguished from the void vote since the enactment of the 2014 law. Their goal is to recognize the empty voice as a civic act. White’s election involves a visit to his polling station, which through the gesture confirms the expression of a refusal to choose between the candidates in the race, 12 in number for the first round this year. The HuffPost explains everything in this article.

>>> How to make sure you vote blank and not zero in the presidential election

Campaign highlights

A presidential campaign is always a special time. The year 2022 was all the stranger because it took place in the context of the war in Ukraine. From Yannick Jadot’s victory to the environmental primary, through the formalization of Eric Zemmour’s candidacy or the meetings between Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron. The HuffPost invites you to return to the impressive images of this 2022 campaign in a video.

Overseas France started voting on Saturday

Several overseas territories began voting on Saturday. St-Pierre-et-Miquelon got the ball rolling at 8am (noon in Paris), followed by Guyana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy.

It was followed by the Pacific with Polynesia, which began voting at 8 p.m. Paris time on Saturday, Wallis and Futuna, and New Caledonia.

Some French expatriates are also ahead, but those living in Shanghai won’t be able to vote as China’s largest city is restricted in the name of China’s zero-Covid strategy.

See also on The HuffPost: Not sure who to vote for? Here are three keys to help you do that

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