Demobilization ? Between the two towers too long ? Fear of the coronavirus ? The French have shunned the ballot box on Sunday 28 June, with abstention rates are historically low.
And yet the municipal are with the presidential elections preferred by the French electorate. Less than half of the 16 million of them called to vote for the second round went to the polls in 4820 commons.
59,5 %! The abstention rate hits a record under the Fifth Republic. It was 37,87 % in 2014, which, at the time, had already caused concern among observers.
Speaking shortly after 20 hours, the Interior minister Christophe Castaner is quickly spent on the matter after having insisted on the sanitary precautions that had been taken in all the polling stations :
It was clear, as early as the middle of the day, as this Sunday’s election will not draw, or just a little. At noon, the participation rate was 15,29 %, at the bottom of the first round of the march 15, (18,38%) and more of the 2014 elections (23,17%).
No better to 17 hours, a little over one-third (34,67%) had made the movement even though they accounted for more than half of the voting body at the previous municipal elections.
Nothing has been done. Even in cities with big issues, such as Marseille or Montpellier, the voters have not moved with the rate of participation of the respective 32,87 % at 19 hours and 29.29 as % to 18 hours.
And Paris ? The triangular Hidalgo-Dati-Buzyn has not done better. At 17 hours, participation was 23.89 %, least 15 points compared to 2014.
This rate of abstention, even in a context the output context of a health crisis is without doubt the signal is the more disturbing of the poll of June 28, 2020.