Voter turnout issue looms over French legislative elections after record first-round abstention

With 52.49 percent of voters choosing to stay away on Sunday, France recorded its highest-ever abstention rate in the first round of the legislative elections, surpassing the 2017 record by a full point. Voter turnout will remain a major issue for next Sunday’s run-off, as candidates cajole voters head to the polls for the fourth time in two months following April’s two-round presidential election.

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