In Montreal, where the largest French community in the country is concentrated, the 39 polling stations at the Palais des Congrès have been open since 8 a.m. EDT.
The consular district of Montreal has 67,132 electors.
We expect to manage flows of the order of several thousand people per hoursaid the Consulate General of France in Montreal.
Same story in Quebec City, where the eight polling stations at College Stanislas in Sainte-Foy have been open since 8 a.m. for the 13,800 French voters.
It’s a major election, the election of French democracysaid the president of the consul general of France in Quebec, Frédéric Sanchez.
In Ottawa, the two polling stations at Lycée Claudel have been open since 9 a.m. for the 4,300 people registered on the electoral lists. The first office is reserved for voters who reside in the Outaouais and the second is for French people living in the capital.
We have only one weapon in a democracy, it is the votelaunches a voter from Brittany (north-west of France).
On the Toronto side, the Consul General of France Tudor Alexis reports that more than 12,500 French people are registered in Ontario and Manitoba.
Among them, at the Toronto polling station, there is Aliénor Rougeot.
It’s super important to vote. We keep a link with France. We go back often, we still have relatives there. It is important that my values and my convictions are represented, even if I am not on the territory all the timeshe says.
The closing of the polls is scheduled for 6 p.m. for some and 7 p.m. for others.
The consul general expects 5,000 to 6,000 nationals to pass through the French high school on Saturday.
In metropolitan France, the vote is scheduled for Sunday.
In total, 48.7 million French people are called upon to decide between 12 candidates. The top two will advance to the second round, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 24. The French in Canada will vote the day before.
Towards record abstention?
Four women and eight men, including outgoing President Emmanuel Macron, as well as the main candidates Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Éric Zemmour and Valérie Pécresse, compete in this election.
The polls place Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen in the lead, who should make it to the second round.
According to an Ipsos-Sopra Steria poll for the newspaper The world carried out on Friday and published by the French daily, the outgoing president is at the top of the voting intentions (26.5%). He is followed by the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen (22.5%) and the leader of La France insoumise Jean-Luc Mélenchon (17.5%).
One of the challenges for the first round of the presidential election remains abstention.
Many pollsters fear that the record for the first round of the 2002 presidential election (28.4%) will be broken.
This year, abstention could particularly be observed among young people. Surveys indicate that the rate could reach 40% among 18-24 year olds.
I do not vote, and there are probably others who do the samelaunches Etam, which however recognizes that abstention could have an impact on the ballot and even
skew the results.
With information from Nafi Alibert, Alexane Drolet and Camille Feireisen