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Presidential: second round day for French expatriates | French Presidential 2022

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Unlike the first round, two weeks ago, when endless lines had formed in front of the polling stations at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal, the vote takes place smoothly on Saturday. Many French people showed up at the polling station on Saturday morning, but the crowds died down around dinner time.

The organizers have revised their strategy: today there are twice as many volunteers as on April 10 at the Montreal convention center, even if the number of polling stations has remained the same, at 39.

In the Ottawa and Gatineau region, it is at the Lycée Claudel, in the federal capital, that French nationals vote.

In both Ottawa and Montreal, polling stations will close at 7 p.m.

To be able to vote, the French outside the country must be registered on the consular electoral list. All registered persons received a summons by e-mail or by post in which the location of the polling station is indicated.

In the first round, only 35.12% of voters registered abroad took part in the ballot, ie 504,291 of the 1.4 million people who appear on the electoral lists. Emmanuel Macron obtained 45.09% of the votes of French expatriates, followed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon with 21.92% of the vote. The candidate of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, came fifth in the ranking abroad, behind Éric Zemmour (Reconquest) and Yannick Jadot (Europe Ecology – The Greens).

Who will preside over the Fifth Republic?

The duel of 2017 is repeated: Emmanuel Macron (La République En Marche) is again measured against Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the National Rally (called National Front until 2018).

If he wins, Emmanuel Macron would become the first president re-elected for a second term since Jacques Chirac in 2002. As for Marine Le Pen, if elected, she would be the first woman and the first leader of the far right to accede in power in France.

We no longer see opposition between a right-wing party and a left-wing party as we used to see before, but between a party centrist and a party that represents more the fringes of the electorate. So, we wonder what will happen today.

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— Arthur Silve, adviser to French nationals living abroad at the French Consulate in Quebec

The latest opinion polls predict a victory for the outgoing president for this reissue of the 2017 duel. But both sides fear a demobilization of their voters in the middle of school holidays.

The results of the presidential election will be known on Sunday around 8 p.m. (local time in France, or 2 p.m. EDT).

According to the collaborator of TurnedNews.com in France, Vincent Touraine, the chips are down, if we rely on the latest polls. Emmanuel Macron would collect on average 55% of the votes, while Marine Le Pen would obtain 45% on average.

The gap was narrower at the end of the first lap, but it only widened over the days.

Why? Quite simply because Emmanuel Macron really entered the campaign after the 1st round. He went to the field, gave speeches outside. Marine Le Pen continued her campaign, but she lost some of her momentum, since she had started earlier.

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