May 26, 2019 / 10:40 AM / 21 days ago

EU election turnout in France nearly 20% by noon, up from 16% in 2014

People prepare their ballots during the European Parliament Elections, in Henin-Beaumont, France, May 26, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters) - Turnout figures for European elections in France showed a 19.26% participation rate by noon local time (1000 GMT), the Interior Ministry said on Sunday, a rate significantly higher than during the 2014 vote.

The 19.26% rate compared to 15.70% at the same time of day in 2014, and 14.81% in 2009.

Reporting by Inti Landauro; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky

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