Increase in registered voters 'significant'

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

The number of registered voters increased by 4.23 percent in 2007 compared to 2006, the largest increase since 1981. This increase surpasses demographic growth and was described as "significant" by the ministry of interior.

The number of registered voters increased by 4.23 percent in 2007 compared to 2006, the largest increase since 1981. This increase surpasses demographic growth and was described as "significant" by the ministry of interior.

A total of 44.5 million voters are now registered to vote for the first and second rounds of the French presidential election on April 22 and May 6, respectively.

The ministry of the interior isolated two factors contributing to this historical increase. First of all, it is partly caused by what the ministry of interior calls the "attractiveness" of the electoral deadlines for in this case both the presidential and the upcoming general elections.

But this year's increase still surpasses the previous record of a 3.7- percent increase in 1981 and greatly exceeds the poor 2.3-percent increase of registered voters in 2002.

Several surveys show that interest in politics has increased since the previous presidential elections. This renewed interest is largely attributed to the shock of the presence of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the party leader of the far-right National Front (FN), in the second round of the presidential elections in 2002.

Copyright Expatica 2007

Subject: French news, Presidential election

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