17 March 2020 – Postponed city elections

Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Electoral changes
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The French Minister of the Interior announced on March 17 that local elections for over 5,000 communes of France would be postponed due to the risk to votes posed by COVID-19.

The first round of municipal elections took place before the virus had spread, but the second round of elections were intended to take place in late March. The postponed elections included the second round of Paris and Lyon’s municipal elections, which were originally scheduled for March 22.

According to an announcement the following day, the elections would be rescheduled for no later than the end of June. On March 25, a government report announced that the Secretary of State extended the mandates of elected officials who were in office due to the postponement of the upcoming elections.
Full details here: https://www.gouvernement.fr/conseil-des-ministres/2020-03-17/elections-municipales