France to vote with masks on June 28 – Politics

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PARIS – For the second round of municipal elections, after the first sparked a fierce outcry on March 15 because of President Emmanuel Macron’s decision to vote only 48 hours after a lockout, France has decided to hold the elections June 28 with “mandatory masks”. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who has surpassed the opposition of many political parties who would have preferred a postponement until January 2021, said the decision is “reversible” if the pandemic were to get worse.

Voting will take place in around 5,000 municipalities in France.

The second round of municipal elections will take place three months after the first round, which was in the middle of the COVID-19 emergency and with a record absenteeism rate of 55%. “After weighing the pros and cons,” said Philippe, “we believe that democratic life must resume its rights. Among the municipalities where the vote will take place is in Paris, where the first round failed to produce a decisive winning result.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that the candidates will have one month at their disposal for the electoral campaign but that this “must not be a factor in the circulation of the virus” and that thus “it will be better to organize this campaign of ‘a different way’, focusing on an ‘online campaign’.



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