French election LIVE: Macron breaches rules as President campaigning on polling day

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Marine Le Pen and the incumbent President were both snapped casting their ballots today, as per political tradition. But while electoral rules prevent candidates from then moving on to canvas voters, Mr Macron has been criticised for meeting and greeting potential supporters, raising questions over a potential punishment.

Dominic Waghorn, International Affairs Editor at Sky News, said: “[The President] was expected to arrive there by car but has chosen to walk that distance. He is meeting voters and I suppose if you are going to be a pedant that is campaigning.”

Sky Correspondent Adam Parsons was more direct in suggesting “this would seem to be a breach of the rules against campaigning because this was an event”.

While greeting French voters, Mr Macron is even reported to have kissed a bald man on the head.

Mr Parsons mused: “You wonder whether there will be any repercussions.”

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  • Macron ‘breaches rules’ as President ‘campaigning’ on polling day

    Emmanuel Macron has been accused of “campaigning” on polling day, in breach of electoral laws.

    Sky Correspondent Adam Parsons painted a vivid picture of the President’s approach to the polling booth, noting: “He walked along the road greeting people, hugging them, kissing babies. He kissed a bald man on the head!

    “He had photos taken he was waving to the crowd.

    “And when he arrived at the polling station it was effectively a great big photo opportunity.”

    This, he added, raises major questions over his conduct on the day he hopes will seal his re-election.

    Mr Parsons said: “To me, and I am no lawyer, this would seem to be a breach of the rules against campaigning because this was an event.

    “The rules are quite specific. You are not supposed to talk to people.

    “You are not supposed to do anything that can be construed as campaigning.

    “But what you are seeing here is a man that is doing another one of these walkabouts.

    “You wonder whether there will be any repercussions.”

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