Presidential election: French people have to wait hours to be able to vote in Montreal

The French living in Montreal who vote today in the first round of the presidential election will have to be patient: the queue would go around the Palais des Congrès up to three times.

Around 12 p.m., the queue was 2:30 a.m., the French Consulate in Montreal said on its Twitter account.

However, the waiting times, updated every hour, would be underestimated according to testimonies collected by theQMI Agencyvoters who testified to being outside the Palais des Congrès for more than two hours, while still being far from the time when they can cast their ballot.

On social networks, several people report having waited much longer to be able to go to the polls. Some speak of a 3 to 5 hour wait.

French people even complain of having had to go around the Palais des Congrès completely three times before reaching the queue inside the building.

Some criticize the poor organization, while others claim to have turned back without having voted.

According to the French consulate, just over 67,000 French people are registered on the electoral list in Montreal.

Voting for the second round will take place on April 23 in Quebec. The next day, all the residents of France will go to the polls to seal the outcome of the presidential election.

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