A few hours before the second round of the presidential election, and before the polls open in France, some French abroad and those living abroad have already begun to vote.
It’s the archipelago of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, off the coast of Canada, the first overseas territories to vote on Saturday, as of midday.
In Canada, 67,000 French people registered on the consular lists of Montreal had been given an appointment at the polls yesterday for a second round organized at the same place two weeks ago, at the Palais des Congrès, despite the consulate after the first round was blamed by voters who deplored the very long queues and lack of The presence of indications. Some have returned. In the second round, it was quite different, as our reporter in Montreal tells us, Alexis Jacon.
We launched a call for volunteers and many people attended, as the Consul General of France in Montreal explains
“We wonder if our choice is the right choice because we are not in the daily life of the French”
The start of the second round was also held in the West Indies and Guyana. The time difference is obligatory, it is the regions in the Pacific and Indian Oceans that will be asked to make the decision.
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Mobilization at the ballot box in the United States
In New York, voters say they are just as anxious and invested in this election, even if they don’t live in France, reports our New York correspondent, built about youme.
Voters were called to the polls on Saturday and early voting remains a special experience. Mobilizing is still important to them, even if they live abroad: “ My family lives in France, so I still wanted to know what would happen to them. I think French politics still interests me even if I don’t live it on a daily basis. »
I would love to vote the day before. And then it allows me to talk to my family about it as well, and it’s a way to motivate the people around me who are on the Continent to vote.
The French who voted in New York
With the time difference, 30,000 French voters in New York will find out the results of the presidential election at 2 pm local time.
Voting in Australia, sometimes an impossible task
In Australia, during the first round, the French community put Emmanuel Macron largely on top, with more than 46% of the vote, the far right with more modest scores, Eric Zemmour having less than 8%, and Marine Le Pen even lower. of 4%. Results that are part of the context of mass abstention, due to no refusal or lack of interest in French politics with less difficulty, in such a vast country, to exercise one’s right to vote, our Sydney correspondent explains, Gregory Bliss.
In the first round, only 34% of registered voters went to the polls, a sharp drop in turnout compared to the 2017 presidential election, in which just over 50% of voters abstained. The low participation, but in a country 14 times the size of France, is above all of a structural nature. Consular authorities opened 11 polling stations throughout the territory.
For those who live in big cities like Melbourne or Perth, exercising their right to vote is relatively easy. But for others, the task is almost impossible. Thus, the French who live in the Northern Territory must vote in Sydney, a city located 4,000 kilometers from Darwin for example.
There is still the possibility to make a power of attorney online, but at the end of the process you have to go in person to the consulate to check its authenticity and also appoint someone to vote in the same office. Voting in presidential elections when you live abroad is a right denied to citizens of many countries, but thus remains, in practice, complicated to exercise.
No polls or guesses until the results
In mainland France, polling stations will open at 8 a.m. on Sunday and until 7 or 8 p.m. in large cities such as Paris.
In total, 48.7 million registered voters will be able to vote. Until the results are announced on Sunday at 8 p.m., no interviews, surveys or estimated results can be published.
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