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France's interior: turnout in regional elections 12%, run-off June 27

 The French continue to cast their votes in the regional elections that were scheduled to be held last March and were postponed due to the Corona epidemic, as this electoral due comes less than a year before the presidential elections and amid fears that voters will refrain from participating in them and the victory of the far-right National Rally party over one region over least, according to France 24.

The French Ministry of the Interior stated that the turnout in the polls reached 12.22 percent at midday, after French voters went to the polling stations today, Sunday, to cast their votes in the first round of the regional elections, while the run-off will take place next Sunday, June 27.

Polling stations opened at 8 am and closed at 7 pm in small cities and towns, and at 8 pm in major cities such as Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Lille.

The organization of these elections comes less than a year before the presidential elections that will be held in May 2022, and the regional elections have been postponed to the current month of June due to the spread of the Corona virus pandemic in France and the difficulty of organizing such an election due to fears of new infections, as was the case during the elections held in March 2020.

The number of French who have the right to vote in regional elections is about 47.9 million, of whom 1.5 million live outside France.

On the other hand, 15,786 candidates compete for a total of 4,108 seats in most of the French administrative provinces, including the overseas territories. France has 103 provinces, but there are some exceptional regions that will not hold provincial elections, such as the capital Paris and the greater Lyon region, while The French will vote to elect 14 regional presidents, 12 on the mainland, as well as Guadeloupe in the Antilles and Réunion in the Indian Ocean.

 The turnout in the regional elections on Sunday is among the most prominent bets, since the French often miss the vote in such a due date.

The second bet relates to the outcome of the far-right "National Rally" party led by Marine Le Pen.

As for the third bet, it lies in testing the strength and legitimacy of Emmanuel Macron's ruling "Republic on the Move" party a year before the presidential elections.