France will hold the first round of local elections on Sunday amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak which has claimed 80 lives in the country so far.

More than 47 million people are expected to vote. Voting will begin at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. local time.

Over 34,900 municipalities will elect their mayors. The second round of elections will be held on March 22.

The primary results will be announced after polls close and the election ban is lifted.

French President Emmanuel Macron decided not to cancel the elections despite coronavirus concerns.

The virus believed to

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