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It is illegal to publish any more opinion polls after midnight last night
It is illegal to publish in France. It is not illegal to run polls as long as they are not published by French media. But foreign media is not bound by such restriction. For instance, check out La Tribune de Genève: what do you know, they have a last minute poll published today (Saturday 22 April), something their French counterparts are not allowed to do.

Back in the days, political parties and major media were ordering polls during the last days and also getting exit poll results before the poll closure, Sunday at 20:00.

With the advent of Internet, upon every French election day, people started crowding the web sites of Belgian and Swiss media, such as Le Soir, La Libre Belgique, RTBF or La Tribune de Genève. In the early years, these sites were not prepared for such an influx of visitors (see this article from 2007) and were frequently crashing or slowed to a crawl.

For tomorrow, webmasters from all French speaking Belgian and Swiss media have beefed up their bandwidth and server resources to prepare for the influx of visitors from their more populous neighbor.

by Bernard on Sat Apr 22nd, 2017 at 06:48:56 PM EST

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