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People with Covid will be able to vote in French presidential election

‘Voting is a constitutional right’ which should not be compromised, France’s government spokesperson has said

An image of a male hand dropping a ballot paper into the ballot box with a French flag in the background

French citizens who have Covid will still be able to vote in the upcoming presidential elections Pic: andriano.cz / Shutterstock

Electors who have tested positive for Covid “will be able to go and vote” in April’s presidential election, government spokesperson Gabriel Attal has announced. 

“Voting is a constitutional right,” he said, “there cannot be a hindrance to [the right to] participate in elections.”

He added, however, that these people should wear a mask when they go to the polls, saying: “We are calling for individual responsibility because there will be no health pass, vaccine pass or test result demanded of people going to vote.”

Mr Attal confirmed that Covid case numbers were actively rising once again in France, but added: “The key indicator is the strain on hospitals, which remains bearable. There are fewer patients in intensive care than last week and according to projections [the number] should continue to fall.” 

He nonetheless called for “vigilance” among the French population. 

Mr Attal made these comments during a press conference held after a Conseil des ministres cabinet meeting today (March 30).

The first round of France’s presidential election will take place on April 10, with the second round following on April 24.

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