French presidential election turnout figures slightly above 2012 at midday

French presidential candidates cast their votes as France goes to the polls in the first round of what could be a country-changing election.
 People stand in a voting booth in Villefranche-de-Lauragais, near Toulouse, on April 23, 2017 during the first round of the French Presidential election.
People stand in a voting booth in Villefranche-de-Lauragais, near Toulouse, on April 23, 2017 during the first round of the French Presidential election.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (REUTERS) - Turnout figures for the first round of the French presidential election showed a 28.54 percentage participation rate by midday local time, (1000 GMT) the Interior Ministry said on Sunday (April 24), slightly above the corresponding rate in the 2012 vote.

The 28.54 per cent compared to 28.29 per cent in 2012 at the same hour, and compared to midday turnout rates of 31.21 per cent in 2007 and 21.40 per cent in 2002.