Second Round of Local Elections in France

Politics | June 29, 2020, Monday // 08:40|  views

France - a significant success for the Greens and their left allies in the second round of local elections. Their representatives won in Lyon, Strasbourg and Besançon.

President Emmanuel Macron's party failed to win in any of the big cities.

In Paris, incumbent Mayor Anne Hidalgo won a new term (re-elected with 48% of the vote). She also has the support of the Greens.

The French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, was elected mayor in Le Havre with almost 59% of the votes against French Communist Party deputy Jean-Paul Lecoq.

The second round of local elections was postponed by several months due to the coronavirus epidemic. The first round took place two days before the government announced quarantine on March 17th.

While the Europe Ecology-The Greens party will be toasting their unprecedented triumph, it came amid a record abstention rate of 59% across the country.

The first round of the elections had taken place in March just before the country locked down over COVID-19.

The government had been heavily criticised for maintaining the vote.

More than three months on, voters were greeted by officials wearing plastic visors to prevent the spread of coronavirus, with the country still in the grips of an epidemic. Some workers were protected by plexiglass.

Voters wore masks, brought their own pens, and waited in socially distanced queues to get inside schools and town halls to vote.

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