the second round will take place in June or January 2021

Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Wednesday evening told the representatives of the political party that the second round of municipal elections would be held in June or January 2021. He also stressed that no decision was made at this stage.

The second round of municipal elections, which had been postponed due to the Covid-19 health crisis, will take place either in June or January 2021, Edouard Philippe said Wednesday, May 20, at a meeting of political party representatives, according to several participant.

“The prime minister has dismissed September very clearly, and the downturn, saying it is June or January,” reported the president of the Les Républicains party, Christian Jacob. According to several party officials, the head of government declared that it took a month and a half to campaign and that it would be complicated at the beginning of the school year, while in October it would be impossible to interrupt the discussions on the budget in Parliament.

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Édouard Philippe emphasized that no decision was made at this stage according to several participants. The issues told the Prime Minister’s move to AFP to work on two hypotheses, including the one on postponement of the election but not after January 2021. A draft law is being prepared and reviewed by the Council for Postponement.

“Significant” health risks

The report that the government must submit to Parliament by Friday will include a direction for Matignon’s position, the source said.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Scientific Council, an institution that the executive relies on to make his decisions since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, did not formally oppose the organization of the second round of municipal elections in June, citing ” significant “health risks included in the election campaign.

Emmanuel Macron and Édouard Philippe were strongly criticized for maintaining the first round on March 15, just two days before the start of prison in France. Therefore, they wanted to involve all parties in their decision-making this time.

With AFP