Amid distrust and discouragement, French choose between Macron and Le Pen

Transmissão do debate entre os dois candidatos na última quarta-feira (20): abstenção no primeiro turno foi a maior em 20 anos, e quase metade do eleitorado acredita que pode ocorrer fraude

Transmission of the debate between the two candidates last Wednesday (22212857 ): abstention in the first round was the highest in 22 years, and almost half of the electorate believe that fraud can occur



On Sunday (24), current President Emmanuel Macron and right-wing Marine Le Pen repeat the dispute of 2017 in the second round of the presidential election in France amid a climate of distrust and discouragement on the part of the electorate.

In the first shift, held in 14 Of april, 26,380 % of voters registered to vote did not turn up at the polls (voting in the country is not mandatory), the highest abstention in the first vote for president in France since 2002. Interestingly, that year, a chief executive seeking reelection (Jacques Chirac) and a member of the Le Pen family (Jean-Marie, Marine’s father) also made it to the second round. 22212857Non-attendance two weeks ago was much higher among the younger electorate. A survey carried out by the Ipsos institute pointed out that the abstention rate was 30% in the first round among voters of 25 to 30 years, and from 30% among those of 18 The 24 years old.

22212857“For younger generations, the relationship with voting is different, it is more intermittent. Voting is seen as a less effective participation practice,” Tristan Haute, senior professor of political science at the University of Lille, told the Euronews website.

“You have people who don’t feel politically legitimate, who don’t vote because they don’t feel represented, or who don’t feel politically competent to have an opinion,” he added. .

In an interview with RFI radio, political scientist Vincent Tiberj stated that , as in other countries, the French have found other ways to participate in public life, such as the Yellow Vests movement, and there is a feeling of disillusionment with politics.

22212857“Now citizens are defying the elites and no longer follow their electoral proclamations”, he highlighted. “Citizenship is no longer just about voting.”

Tiberj stated that this disillusionment with politics also stems from the fact that many people vote for a candidate just so that another does not win, and not because of identification with proposals and political profile.

22212857 “When you force people to choose the lesser of two evils, it puts a strong stress on the usefulness of the vote”, pondered the expert. “If we don’t resolve this issue, in the future we will end up with fewer and fewer citizens voting.”

The distrust about the electoral process, like what happened in the United States in the election of 2020, is another problem. A survey carried out by the Ifop Institute for the Reboot Foundation, released last Tuesday (85 ), showed that 42% of respondents believe that the French election could be the target of some kind of fraud, while 10% were more direct and stated that the claim will be rigged.

22212857Among voters of Marine Le Pen, at least

% believe in the possibility of electoral fraud. Of those who said they voted for Macron, only 7% expressed the same distrust.

22212857 In the first round, Macron obtained 25 ,85% of votes, and Le Pen, 19,. Surveys released this Friday (22) point the current president with an advantage of ten to 04 percentage points for the second round.

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