The regional elections are the last nationwide decision before the French presidential election next spring.
Eyes are particularly on the extreme right.
Paris (dpa) - The French regional elections are showing an enormously low turnout and thus a possible record low.
According to the Interior Ministry, 26.72 percent of the almost 46 million people on the electoral lists had cast their votes by 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Even in 2010, when according to official figures there was the lowest turnout in the first round, the value at 5 p.m. was significantly higher at 39.29 percent.
A recent poll assumes that more than two thirds will stay away from the ballot box.
The last polling stations in Guadeloupe and Martinique close at midnight (6:00 p.m. local time).
The first forecasts for the distribution of votes are expected shortly after 8 p.m.
In addition to special hygiene measures due to the corona pandemic, the elections were also characterized by individual breakdowns.
According to media reports, some polling stations in Marseille remained closed that morning.
There should previously have been problems with election workers.
In the north of the country, voting papers are said to have been missing from an election office.
The simultaneous regional and departmental elections are the last nationwide decision before the presidential elections next spring.
Among other things, the regional councils will be newly appointed during the elections.
France's regions have important competencies in areas such as public transport, education and business development.
In centralized France, however, their influence is limited compared to the German federal states.
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President Emmanuel Macron elects in the seaside resort Le Touquet-Paris-Plage.
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Marine le Pen (front, r) from the extreme right-wing Rassemblement National during an election campaign appearance.
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Voters in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France.
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