March 15, 2020 / 5:30 PM / 21 days ago

French local election participation down 16% from 2014

PARIS (Reuters) - The participation rate by late afternoon for local elections in France was down 16% from 2014, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Participation was at 38.7% compared to 54.7% in 2014 at 1700 (1600 GMT). Polls begin closing from 1800 local time.

Reporting by John Irish; Editing by Alexander Smith

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