French Interior Ministry Says Voter Turnout Crosses 43 Percent

As much as 43.01 percent of the French electorate had cast ballots by 5 p.m. Sunday in the first round of regional elections seen as a litmus test for President Francois Hollande in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks.

The figures released by the French interior ministry show that more French voters turned out this time than during the last regional elections in 2010, when the turnout was 39.29 percent.

The first round of voting was held under high surveillance, with security measures boosted across the country. Policemen and soldiers were seen patrolling the streets of Paris while bags were searched at poll station entrances.

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