Macron’s main challenger at a national level is far-right leader Le Pen of the National Rally [Christophe Archambault/Reuters]

People in France are voting in the final round of municipal elections, which are expected to yield a low voter turnout and a rebuke for the party of President Emmanuel Macron.

The opening round was held on March 15, just as the coronavirus pandemic was gaining momentum. The second phase, scheduled for March 22, was postponed after France went into lockdown on March 17.

Despite a record abstention rate of 55 percent, the first round yielded a decisive outcome in some 85 percent, or 30,000, of French communes.

This means political power remains up for grabs on Sunday in about 5,000 undecided municipal councils, including the

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