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French elections

French voters usually go to the polls twice to select their president, first choosing from among a range of candidates and then voting in a runoff. The two-round system is also used in France's lower parliamentary house.

In France's two-round voting system for the presidential election, which dates back to 1962, voters first choose from among a range of candidates in the first round. If one candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, they are the outright winner. Otherwise, a second round between the two highest-scoring candidates is held two weeks later. The two-round system is also used for France's parliamentary election, but there is no requirement to reach a majority. All the candidates who win more than 12.5% of the initial vote can compete in the second round. This is an automatic compilation of DW content on French elections.

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