PARIS, March 30 (Xinhua) -- In a sign of growing disenchantment and fatigue with fruitless policies, almost half of French voters turned their back to candidates for the local elections, making hard for the ruling Socialists to overturn first round's losses.
According to data released by the Interior Ministry, the turnout at 17 p.m. local time (1500 GMT) was low at 52.36 percent, down from 54.72 percent reported at the same time in the first round last week.
"It's a bad news as more and more French voters keep themselves distance from politics. Normally, the French are interested more in local affairs, but it seems that even municipal election did not escape high abstention," Bernard Sananes, the CSA pollster's head told news channel BFMTV.
In its estimate, CSA saw high abstention at 38.5 percent, a rate likely to help the far-right party National Front (FN) to score a large victory by seizing several cities since the first such performance since1995.