French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Friday that the second round of local elections, which was postponed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, will finally take place on June 28.
At an appearance in Matignon, Philippe made the government’s decision to maintain the first round on March 15, despite the fact that the country was already affected by the pandemic, and announced that the second round, which is pending in around 5,000 communities, will continue June 28th.
To that end, he announced that the government would present a decree convening the polls next Wednesday, and indicated that additional text would be provided that “postpones the second round until next January at the latest,” if so there is a recovery in the number of cases. France already has more than 131,000 infections and more than 28,000 deaths.
Philippe has recognized that holding the second round is not unanimously supported by the opposition, as he has verified in his contacts with representatives of the opposition. “There is no consensus,” he said, explaining that his arguments are “respectable”.
The interior minister Christophe Castaner has announced that the use of a mask and a hydroalcoholic gel will be required for the vote. “The campaign should not become a vector for the spread of the virus,” said the minister, stressing that “another campaign will be necessary”.