France, abstention and premier Philippe win in Le Havre – Europe

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PARIS – He won the abstention, which reached the record level of 60% in the ballot of the French mayors, a second round wanted at all costs by France after the first – on March 15th – had raised a storm of controversy over the decision of the government to confirm it two days after the lockdown. The prime minister, Edouard Philippe, was confirmed with 58% of the votes in Le Havre, the commune of Normandy where he presented himself for the renewal of the office of mayor. In Paris, Anne Hidalgo sets out to confirm against opponents Rachida Dati (Républicains) and Agnès Buzyn (La République en Marche), at the end of complicated calculations of the results in the various arrondissements. But Marine Le Pen exults for the victory of his former comrade Louis Aliot, deputy and director of the Rassemblement National, elected mayor of Perpignan, in the south the main objective of the far-right party in the mayor elections. President Emmanuel Macron said he was “concerned about the low participation rate” in the vote.

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