The second round of parliamentary elections in France is at a record low turnout

© AP Photo / Claude Ragel vote in the second round of French legislative elections. 18 Jun 2017The second round of parliamentary elections in France is at a record low turnout© AP Photo / Claude Paris

Voter turnout in the second round of elections of the deputies of the National Assembly (the lower chamber of Parliament) of France according to the interior Ministry to 17.00 (18.00 GMT) made up only of 35.33%.

Most polling stations will close in an hour, in major cities the voting will last till 20.00. The first results will be announced after closing all plots.

In the first round, which took place a week earlier, by 1700 the turnout amounted to 40.75%, but in fact it was a record low — the site came less than half of the voters of 48.71%.

In 2012, the second round of elections of deputies of the Natssobraniya to the same hour voted 46,42% of the vote in 2007 — 49,58% in 2002 — 46,83%.

Parliamentary elections in France are held by the majority system: deputies are elected in 577 single-member districts. To win in the first round, candidates had to receive more than 50% of the vote. There were only four in remaining constituencies will determine the winners of the second round, where enough to gain a simple majority of votes.

In the second round are 454 of the candidate from the motion of the President of Emmanuel Macron «Forward, Republic of», plus 62 the representative of the Federal centrist party «Democratic movement» (MoDem), 264 candidate from the center-right party «the Republicans», 120 — from the «National front» marine Le Pen, 67 — from the left, «Rebellious France,» Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 65 — from the socialist party, and three dozen representatives of minority parties and movements or non-party.

According to forecasts of sociologists, «Forward, Republic of» can win up to 80% of the seats in the National Assembly, received the most extensive presidential majority in the history of the Fifth Republic (since 1958).