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these French disinterested in the campaign two days before the first round

Caroline Baudry, edited by Gauthier Delomez
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06:51, April 08, 2022

The first round of the presidential election takes place in two days, but the electoral deadline is still not very present in the minds of many French people. According to a poll last February, only 52% were interested in it, compared to 78% in 2017. Europe 1 met citizens who were somewhat disinterested in the campaign.


“No one cares!”, says a waiter who wanders between his customers seated at the counter or seated. According to him, many French people are not interested in the presidential election, the first round of which is fast approaching. Last February, they were 52% to follow the campaign, against 78% five years ago, according to a poll of Paris Match.

Thomas, one of the customers of this Parisian bar, sums up the thinking of many voters. “You wouldn’t think we’re two days away from the vote. We don’t talk about it. We obviously talk about Ukraine with everyone. In the media, we don’t hear about the programs or the debates, it’s incredible”, he breathes at the microphone of Europe 1.

“We are moving away from people’s concerns”

If Thomas is one of those French people certain to go and vote on Sunday, he fears the importance of abstention. An abstention that tempts his neighbor, Nathalie. For the first time, this 57-year-old caregiver will sulk at the polls on April 10. “I did not make my change of place of vote, or unconsciously, I missed it,” she explains. “Basically, the debates do not fly high”, regrets Nathalie. “We are moving away from people’s concerns: the economy, what we experienced for two years of a pandemic… It was very complicated”, launches the caregiver.

Myriam is also jaded. Installed on the terrace in the sun, she admits that she did not even have the strength to immerse herself in the programs. “I’m not very motivated. We have been so invaded by sad and hard things. As far as I’m concerned, I’m a little tired of the information”, she says at the microphone of Europe 1. This fifty-year-old is gives 48 hours to choose her candidate, whom she will choose, she breathes, out of civic duty.

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