by Laurent GUERBY
Sun Apr 22nd, 2007 at 06:25:59 AM EST
At 12h00, participation of 31.21% against 21.40% in 2002, best since 1981 (France Info, métropole).
At 17h00, participation of 73.87% against 58.5% in 2002 at that time, and 71.60% final number).
Final participation number: 83.78% (still moving a bit source)
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French election coverage:
Update [2007-4-22 11:32:6 by Jerome a Paris]: Here's map of who was leading around the country in the 2002 vote:
Blue (most of the West) is Chirac
Brown (most of the East) is Le Pen
Pink (SouthWest) is Jospin
Orange (on the North coast) is the CNPT (hunters)