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Live: Turnout hits record low as France votes amid coronavirus clampdown

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French voters forged their ballots Sunday in nationwide municipal elections that look headed for record-low turnout after the federal government ordered cafés, eating places and all "non-essential" companies shut in an more and more frantic effort to sluggish the progress of the lethal coronavirus outbreak.

France is amongst Europe's hardest-hit international locations, with some 4,500 confirmed infections and 91 deaths up to now. However President Emmanuel Macron, for whom the two-round polls are an important mid-term check, has insisted that the polls should go forward to guarantee democratic continuity within the nation.

Exit polls are anticipated shortly after the final polling stations shut at 8pm native time (GMT+1). Comply with FRANCE 24's liveblog right here for the most recent updates.

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