Final round of French local elections due on 28 June

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The final round of France’s local mayoral elections will be scheduled for 28 June, BFM TV reported on Friday. The move comes as thirty-six French mayors, including Paris' Anne Hidalgo, have urged the government to hold the second round of municipal elections before 1 July. 

"Democracy can't remain locked down any longer," they said, as thousands of municipalities across France are still waiting to elect their local representatives in a vote delayed by the coronavirus lockdown.

But French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe had said earlier this month the elections could only be held at the end of June only if conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic would allow it, and that no final decision had been made, according to political party leaders.

Out of the 35,000 cities, towns and villages that France counts, about 30,000 have already elected their mayor in the first round. But many French large cities are among the 5,000 remaining, including Paris, Lyon and Marseille. A postponement beyond 1 July would require cancelling the results of elections held in March for the cities that did not elect a mayor at the first round and organising a new ballot. A third option would be redoing the elections completely in January 2021.

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