French election turnout at 26.41% at 1200 CET, down on 2017

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Second round of France's 2022 presidential election

PARIS (Reuters) - Voter turnout in the second round of the French presidential election on Sunday was 26.41% by midday (1000 GMT), interior ministry data showed.

The turnout figure was lower than at the same time in 2017, when it stood at 28.23%, but higher than the first round of 2022 two weeks ago, when it came in at 25.48% by noon. Analysts say a low turnout adds to uncertainty surrounding the final result.

Voting started at 8 a.m. and will end at 8 p.m., when first projections of results are expected.

(Reporting by Layli Foroudi; Writing by Geert De Clercq)

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