High voter turnout for second round of French election

Figures at 17:00 are higher than they were last Sunday according to the Ministry of the Interior

French flags at election result
This Sunday's turnout was the highest since 1981 for an election of this type.
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Voter turnout in the second and decisive round of the legislative elections in France stood at 59.71% at 17:00 on Sunday, July 7.

This figure, from the Ministry of the Interior, is up 0.32 points on the first round on June 30 at the same time (59.39%) and up more than 21 points on the second round of the 2022 legislative elections in the late afternoon (38.11%).

The increased turnout in the second round makes this the highest rate for a legislative election since 1981. 

The Rassemblement National's traditional bastion of Bouches-du-Rhône saw the highest turnout nationally, with over 34.59% voting before noon. 

At the bottom of the voting table, the eight departments of the Île-de-France region had the lowest turnout rates, ranging from 22.03% for Paris to 12.77% for Seine-Saint-Denis

Read more: When will the result of Sunday’s French election be known?

Turnout is traditionally down slightly in the second round.

This Sunday's turnout was the highest since 1981 (61.4%) for an election of this type. 

What is the election about?

France is voting in members to its lower house of parliament. A total of 501 MPs are to be elected on July 7, out of a total of 577 seats.  76 MPs were directly elected after gaining more than 50% of the votes in the first round last Sunday.

The snap elections were called by President Macron after a landslide win by the Rassemblement National in June's European elections.