Unlike the first round two weeks ago, when endless rows formed in front of the polls in the Palais des congrès de Montréal, voting is smooth on Saturday. There were a lot of French people on Saturday morning to show up for the election, but around dinner, traffic dropped.
The organizers have revised their strategy: today there are twice as many volunteers at the Palais des congrès de Montréal as on April 10, although the number of polling stations remained the same, ie 39.
In the Ottawa and Gatineau region, French citizens vote at the Lycée Claudel in the federal capital.
In both Ottawa and Montreal, polling stations will close at 7 p.m.
In order to vote, French people outside the country must be on the consular electoral roll. A summons was sent to all those registered by e-mail or post, stating the location of the polling station.
At the beginning of the day, a large crowd shortened around dinner at the Palais des Congrès for voting in the second round of the French presidential election.
Photo: afp via getty images / ALEXIS AUBIN
In the first round, only 35.12% of voters registered abroad took part in the vote, ie 504,291 out of 1.4 million people on consular voter lists. Emmanuel Macron won 45.09% of the French emigrants, followed by Jean-Luc Mélenchon with 21.92% of the vote. National Assembly candidate Marine Le Pen placed fifth 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, a candidate of the National Assembly (until 2018 called the National Front).
If she 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 far-right leader to come to power. . in France.
“We no longer see the opposition between the right and the left, as we used to, but between the party [centriste] and a party that represents rather the edge of the electorate. So we wonder what will happen today. »
– Quote by Arthur Silva, Adviser to French citizens living abroad at the French Consulate in Quebec
The main themes of the campaign mentioned in the Elabe survey published in early April are purchasing power, health, security, pensions, immigration and the environment.
Recent opinion polls predict the outgoing president’s victory in this repetition of the 2017 duel. However, both camps fear the demobilization of their constituents in the middle of the school holidays.
The results of the presidential election will be known on Sunday around 20:00 (in France local time or 14:00 EDT).
According to Radio-Canada collaborator Vincent Touraine in France, the chips are down if we rely on the latest surveys. Emmanuel Macron would receive an average of 55% of the vote, while Marine Le Pen would receive an average of 45%.
The gap was narrower at the end of the first round, but it only widens over the days.
Why? Simply because Emmanuel Macron really entered the campaign after the first round. He went out into the field and lectured outside. Marine Le Pen continued her campaign, but lost some of her momentum because she had started earlier.