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six days before the first round, the candidates want to convince the undecided

Arthur de Laborde edited by Wassila Belhacine
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3:47 p.m., April 04, 2022

Sunday, April 10 will take place the first round of the presidential election. If the polls predict a second round Emmanuel Macron-Marine Le Pen, the other candidates have not said their last word and are trying to convince the last hesitant voters and those who abstain.


Six days before the first round of the presidential election, polls indicate that a remake of the 2017 duel between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen is emerging for the second round. But the candidates are counting on these last days of the campaign to thwart the forecasts.

One in four voters still unsure of their vote

Voters’ volatility is generally very high, but it is even more marked on the right, in particular because certain rivals are considered compatible by a large part of voters. This is the case between Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour or Valérie Pécresse and Emmanuel Macron. Nevertheless, it is the undecided who could tip the course of this presidential election. Most polls show that more than one in four voters who are certain to go to the polls are not yet sure of their vote.

The useful vote on the left?

On the left, the main candidates seek to recover the votes of the hesitant. But all the ingredients seem in place for abstention to be massive. So much so that the record of 28.4% abstention reached in 2002 could be beaten. The challenge for the contenders for the Elysée is therefore to mobilize as much as possible in this final sprint to benefit from a possible increase in participation.

This logic is particularly true on the left, where the level of abstention promises to be very high. Opinion polls show, for the moment, that among sympathizers of insubordinate France, Europe Ecologie-Les Verts and the Socialist Party, no candidate has really been able to convince those who plan not to go to the polls. . In this regard, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is counting on this end of the campaign to gain points by relying on the rhetoric of the useful vote on the left.

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