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China Daily Global | Updated: 2020-06-30 00:00


Paris mayor claims win in virus-hit poll

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo declared victory in her reelection bid on Sunday in municipal elections postponed by the novel coronavirus crisis. Hidalgo, a Socialist, largely beat conservative candidate Rachida Dati, according to estimates based on partial results. She was first elected as Paris mayor in 2014. Her reelection would allow her to oversee the 2024 Summer Olympics. The second round of the municipal elections saw a record low turnout amid lingering worries about the pandemic. Only 40 percent of voters cast ballots as people were required to wear masks in polling stations, maintain social distancing while in lines and carry their own pens to sign voting registers. Mail-in voting isn't allowed in France.


Action urged over child gun victims

Activists and local leaders called for more state and federal support on Sunday as weekend shootings across Chicago left three children dead, including a 10-year-old who was struck by a stray bullet that came through an apartment window. The Saturday night death was among at least 10 shooting fatalities since Friday evening, which follow a deadly Father's Day weekend and fresh concerns about a violent summer ahead. A 1-year-old and a 17-year-old were also killed. Neighborhood activist Raul Montes Jr, said that the situation is out of control when even children are losing their lives. He also called for federal intervention while a state legislator announced a new task force to address underlying issues.


Duda seen on track to stay president

An exit poll shows conservative Polish President Andrzej Duda as having gained the most votes in a presidential election on Sunday, but short of the 50 percent required for an outright win in the first round. If the poll is confirmed by official results, Duda will face centrist Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski in a runoff on July 12. According to the projection by the Ipsos polling firm, Duda won nearly 44 percent and Trzaskowski slightly over 30 percent in the vote. Poland's state electoral commission has said it would release the final official results by Wednesday evening.

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