Sat May 6th, 2017 at 07:29:14 PM EST
What do you know: it's Saturday and voting has already started. Polling stations are open in Saint Pierre and Miquelon, French Caribbean islands like Guadeloupe, Martinique or St Martin (the French half that is), French Guyana, French Polynesia and also in various French consulates across the Americas. Situations seems to have improved in Montréal were the voters had to stand in line for several hours two weeks ago.
Moving westward, tomorrow, polling stations will open in New Caledonia, Wallis & Futuna and French consulates in Oceania, Asia and Europe. Polling stations in mainland France will be open at 8:00 CEST (UTC+2) and will close at 19:00 CEST in most places, 20:00 in "big cities". As for the first round, two weeks ago, all polls are under embargo, by law, until the 20:00 closure time. Of course, the embargo doesn't apply to Belgian and Swiss media.
frontpaged - Bjinse
It's becoming a platitude to write that this election is totally unlike any other that have preceded it in the 60-odd years of the French Fifth Republic: For the first time, no candidate of the main parties of either the left or the right has qualified for the second round.
Then, of course, there is the infamous "Macron Leak". While it is too late to have a noticeable effect on this second round, the intent may be well to sow confusion, doubt, distrust and uncertainty in the following months, where the parliamentary elections will take place.
As I have argued again and again, these legislative elections (June 11 & June 18) will actually have a bigger bearing as to the government of France over the next five years.