This Sunday, 47.7 million french they were called to participate in the regional and departmental elections, the last elections before the next presidential elections. However, as the polls predicted, many of them did not attend the appointment: the abstention rate, higher than 66%According to early estimates, it marks an unprecedented record. After the closure of the polling stations, the first results at the national level give 34.3% of the votes to the left bloc, 29.3% to the right and 19.1% to the extreme right.
The health crisis and the lack of importance that these elections would have in the eyes of many, would explain, according to a survey carried out for France Télévisions, the low turnout. Although, with the presidential elections just around the corner, this appointment with the polls, destined to renew the regional and departmental councils, with competence in matters of public transport, secondary education, territorial planning or social action, is a true test for Emmanuel Macron, whose training has a very small territorial implantation, and, above all, for Marine Le Pen, whose party could, for the first time in its history, lead a regional government, which would confirm its rise and acceptance among the French.
Incidents in Marseille
The low participation could also be explained by various unforeseen events, such as those registered in Marsella, capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, where the extreme right stands as the favorite: its candidate, Thierry Mariani, would rise with 35.7% of the votes compared to 33.5% achieved by his main rival, conservative Renaud Muselier, of Los Republicanos (LR). In the city of the Côte d’Azur, certain polling stations did not open their doors due to lack of personnel to attend them, according to the Marseille consistory, 20 presidents of the 40 designated to take care of the electoral day did not attend the call. “In Marseille the union of the left [es] most effective in ostracizing LFI [La Francia Insumisa] than to organize democracy: 34 polling stations closed! The shame. What is the value of an election like this? “, Lamented the leftist leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Twitter.
In the north of the country, in the city of Cousolre, in the region of Hauts-de-France, where the macronista list includes heavyweights of the Government, including the Minister of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti, there was no shortage of personnel to monitor the elections, but there were voting papers. Until noon, only six-list ballots were offered to voters, thus missing the ballots of the union of the left, gathered around the candidacy of Karima Delli.
A decisive second round
Despite the strong mobilization of the Emmanuel Macron formation in said region, Xavier Bertrand, its current president, candidate for re-election and confirmed candidate for the next race to the Elysee, would become the favorite with 44% of the votes compared to the 24.4% obtained by the National Regrouping (RN) list. “Each one is facing their responsibilities, I assumed mine by making the National Front (now RN) my only enemy,” said Bertrand after the polls closed, referring to the frustrated strategy of La República En Marcha (LREM) that, with the excuse of stopping the advance of the ultraconservatives, it included ministers and secretaries of state in its list, although the conservatives considered such a ploy as an attempt to wear down a future rival.
According to the scrutiny rules, only the lists that get more than 50% of the votes in the first round can be saved the second. If no list manages to reach this threshold, those that meet a 10% can participate in the decisive second round, so the next Sunday June 27, the duels could be triangular and even quadrangular in certain regions. The party of Emmanuel Macron, which, except for surprise, will not be able to do with any regional government, could play an essential role in its configuration.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.