PARIS (NEWSnet/AP) — Voters in France began to cast ballots Sunday in the first round of a parliamentary election.

Outcome of the two-round election, which will conclude July 7, could have impact on European financial markets, support for Ukraine and how France’s global military force is managed.

There are 49.5 million registered voters who will choose 577 members of the National Assembly, France's influential lower house of parliament, during the two-round voting.

Turnout at midday at the first round stood at 25.9%, according to interior ministry figures. It was 18.43% at midday in the 2022 election.

President Emmanuel Macron voted in a Paris voting station along with his wife, Brigitte. Earlier, Marine Le Pen, leader of National Rally, cast her ballot in her party’s stronghold in northern France.

Voting began early in France’s overseas territories, and polling stations opened in mainland France at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) Sunday. First polling projections are expected at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT), when the final stations close, and early official results are expected later in the evening.

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