France to Hold the Second Round of Municipal Elections on June 28

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, left, and French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, arrive to present the details of the health procedures to be adopted for the upcoming mayoral elections, Friday May 22, 2020 in Paris. (Benoit Tessier/Pool via AP)

PARIS -- French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says France will hold the second round of municipal elections on June 28, nearly four months after the first round in March was interrupted by the coronavirus lockdown.

The voting will take place in the 5,000 districts in which the first round was not decisive, including the French capital where Mayor Annie Hidalgo, a Socialist, held a strong lead in March voting.

Some 30,000 other districts elected their municipal councils, which designate their mayors, outright. The prime minister says the June 28 date “is reversible” if it’s deemed that health concerns are too important a week before the vote.

France counts more than 28,000 deaths from COVID-19.