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French voter turnout up at noon

Democracy in action: members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

At noon, 19.26 percent of registered French voters had cast a ballot in the European parliamentary election, an increase from the 15.70 percent recorded at the same time in the 2014 poll.

Forty-seven million French voters have the right to elect 74 members of the European Parliament. This number will rise to 79 once the United Kingdom completes Brexit formalities and quits the continental bloc.

The election is decided in a single round and will elect deputies for a five-year term.

Total turnout in France was 43 percent in 2014.