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do young people plan to vote?

Arthur Delaborde

Three days before the presidential election, young people, like many other French people, are still wondering who they will vote for. According to an OpinionWay poll published on Wednesday, 58% of 18-24 year olds intend to go to the polls on Sunday. How will they decide? And do they think about abstaining? Report with students from the Latin Quarter in Paris.

A sign hung around his neck and an umbrella lined with electoral cards above his head, Salim roams the student streets of Paris. It promotes abstention. But the approach of this yellow vest struggles to convince most young people to vote. “Of course I’m going to vote”, assures Europe 1 Romain, 21, a student in economics.

“It’s not a last minute choice”

“It’s my first vote, so I think that, precisely, the first elections in which we participate are the ones that mark us the most. I have been following this campaign for a month and a half. For me, it is not is not a last minute choice. I think that changing your mind a few days or even a few hours before the elections means that there is no concrete conviction behind it,” he said.

Get as much information as possible before voting

It is not a question of conviction for Clara, a student in the hypokhâgne preparatory school. At 19, she will also give her voice for the first time. And before deciding, she wants to inform herself as much as possible. “I think that on Saturday I will watch the debates and find out a little more to make my choice. But I would still like to have some time for documentation before making a hasty choice”. During the last presidential election, in 2017, 79% of young people aged 18 to 24 had voted.

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