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38 words and phrases you need to discuss the French elections

PUBLISHED: 15:41 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:50 21 March 2017

French elections vocabulary © Delpixart / Thinkstockphotos

French elections vocabulary © Delpixart / Thinkstockphotos


Unable to follow all the talk about the upcoming French presidential election? These are the essential words and phrases you will need to learn to be able to discuss the elections

Éléctions présidentielles – presidential election

Éléctions régionales – regional council elections

Élections municipales – election to choose the town or village council

Campagne électorale – election campaign

Système électoral – voting system

Bureau de vote – polling station


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Voter (pour/contre) – to vote for/against

Voter blanc – to cast a blank vote

Voter utile – to vote tactically

Voter à bulletin secret – to vote by secret ballot

Un vote – a vote

Électeur – a voter

Électeur inscrit – registered voter

Bulletin de vote – ballot paper

Urne – ballot box

Isoloir – polling booth

Se rendre aux urnes – to go to the poll

Dépouillement – counting of votes

Carte d’électeur – voting card


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Se présenter aux élections – to stand for election

Remporter les élections – to win the election

Élire – to elect

Âge légal pour voter – voting age

Droit de vote – right to vote

Promesses électorales – campaign promises

Sondage d’opinion – opinion poll

Candidat – candidate

Circonscription – constituency

Premier tour – first ballot

Second tour – second ballot

Taux de participation – voter turnout

Référendum – referendum

Élection partielle – by-election

Résultats – results

Le jour d’élection - election day

Le taux d’abstention – abstention rate

Fraude électorale – election fraud

Réélection – re-election


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