French voter enthusiasm low in Pondy

The focus during the campaigning has been on welfare plans for citizens living outside France. The candidates are Thierry Mariani of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and Marc Villard of the Socialist Party.

Published: 18th June 2012 10:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th June 2012 10:14 AM   |  A+A-

French citizens of the Union Territory exercised their franchise in the second round of polling to elect members to the French Parliament here on Sunday.

The candidates are Thierry Mariani of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and Marc Villard of the French Socialist Party, who came first and second respectively in the first round of the elections held on June 3.

Puducherry fell under the 11th constituency outside France, which consisted of 49 countries spanning from Russia to New Zealand.

This was for the first time 11 seats were allotted for French people from these 49 countries.

There are 5,116 French voters registered with the French consulate in Puducherry.

The supporters of both the candidates canvassed for voters focusing on the welfare plans for the French citizens living outside France. Prosper Emmanuel, a supporter of Marc Villard of the French Socialist Party, said that the voting percentage could be around 30 per cent in Puducherry booth.

Fracois Hollande of the French Socialist Party had edged out Nicolas Sarkozy of the UMP in the French Presidential elections. The UMP candidate was a minister in Sarkozy’s government.

There were four polling booths in Puducherry and one each in Karaikal and Chennai. The voting ended at 6 pm.

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