French election 2022: complete results of the first round | French presidential election 2022
About the French presidential election
The French president is elected by direct suffrage. There is no electoral college and no parliamentary involvement. A candidate who obtains more than 50% of the votes cast is elected. If, as seems likely, no candidate wins that majority in the first round, the top two candidates stand for a second round two weeks later, on April 24.
Although the French Ministry of the Interior reports the results by commune, department and region, only the overall national result counts. The breakdowns are interesting because they often show regional voting patterns – Le Pen has in the past done well in the south and northeast.
Polling stations close at 1900 CEST in most arrondissements, but at 2000 CEST in Paris and other major cities. The French departments of the Pacific, the Atlantic and the Caribbean voted on Saturday. French people residing overseas can also vote, and 1.4 million of them are registered on the electoral lists this time.
The Interior Ministry said it expected results in rural areas as soon as polling stations closed in Paris, with the majority of communes reporting around midnight.