May 7, 2017 / 10:10 AM / 3 months ago

French presidential election 2nd round turnout at 28.2 percent by midday

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Marine Le Pen, French National Front (FN) political party candidate for French 2017 presidential election, casts her ballot in the second round of 2017 French presidential election at a polling station in Henin-Beaumont, France, May 7, 2017.Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) - Turnout figures for the second round of the French presidential election showed a 28.23 percent participation rate by midday local time, lower than five years ago, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

The participation rate figures compared with a comparable figure of 30.7 percent at the same time during the last election in 2012, 34.1 percent in 2007, and 26.2 percent in 2002.

Reporting by Sybille de la Hamaide; Writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Bate Felix

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