European elections: the vote in France

France’s 46 million registered voters went to the polls on Sunday to elect the country’s allotted 74 members of the European Union’s 751-seat European Parliament. France is one of 21 European Union states that voted on Sunday, with elections already held, beginning last Thursday, in the remaining seven. The elected representatives will have a mandate of five years, and this year’s poll has a heightened importance because of the European parliament’s expanding powers over EU decision-making.  In France, opinion surveys predicted a surge in support for the far-right Front National (FN) party, but their forecasts were largely surpassed. The same surveys predicted a debacle for the mainstream Right and the ruling Socialist Party, which were similarly confirmed. Mediapart's English-language service reported live on the key results in France as they came in through the evening in this special edition that begins with a presentation how the voting functions and what is at stake.

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  • Exit polls, reactions and results follow further below.