Macron and Le Pen lose out as French voters shun local elections: Abstention rate estimated at 68%, and exit polls suggest Le Pen’s National Rally failed to get expected support
I really don't find that all surprising, Macron is expected to win, and Marie Le Pen hasn't been doing well in any debates or policy discussions.
Other than that, we are still living through covid worldwide and France has a 47% rate of a first dose, and only 27% have received their second dose. I was a bit wary of voting in my district recently because our vaccine share is nearly identical. I imagine turn out everywhere is going to be insanely low, especially for régional vote tallies.
Is he still expected to win? I don't live in France at the moment but i get some updates from a friend who's been sending me worrisome polling news with MLP first in first round.
Wikipedia's polling summary, at this time Macron is still the undisputable favourite to win were the election to occur today
Does France not do some form of vote by mail? In 15 years as a voter in 2 US states, I have yet to physically set foot in a polling place.
I left this as a comment in another thread but here:
France has little in the way of voting outside of in-person. This is the best historical analysis I have seen on why.
Edit: And a commenter there further explains how every little village have polling locations: