Do the abstainers assume their choice? The fact remains that among the ten people met in the street this Monday morning and declaring that they did not go to the front pages on Sunday, only one agreed to appear in the photo and if she lives in Paris, she votes in ... Essonne.
Under the guise of anonymity, the abstainers therefore invoke a thousand reasons to explain their choice. "I was in the middle of a move," says Raphaël, 21, immediately interrupted by his mother: "I helped you, but that didn't stop me from fulfilling my duty as a citizen."
Always a good excuse or ... an oversight
Fashion designer Julie, 28, first says "I didn't have time because of work". Before continuing: "In fact, it got out of my mind, probably because of the context, the epidemic, the spacing between the two towers".
A childcare assistant, Laure says for her part: “With my 2.5 year old son, we went to the park. He was tired, we came back and I did not vote ”.
Among the 60% of voters who did not travel, some even claim to have forgotten, like Fabienne, 38, who exclaims: “I completely zapped! "
Parisian from the 3rd, Sylvie, assistant to the director, begins by talking about family reasons: "I went to my son's house in Sceaux (Hauts-de-Seine) to see my 16-month-old granddaughter". Before showing his distrust of politics: “Until 2017, the year I voted for Macron, I was going to the polls. But since then, I'm fed up! Look at what happened with the Yellow Vests: politicians do not listen to the people.
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And then I didn't hang on to the municipal campaign. The coronavirus turned everything upside down. In the first round, it was because of the epidemic that I did not vote. But in the second round, that was not what stopped me ».
A weariness of politics?
Some abstainers also claim a deep rejection of the political system, like Claude, 62 years old. “I no longer believe in politics. This is why I have not voted for several years. We are in a catastrophic economic situation and the elected officials continue to walk with six bikers in front and as many behind, at our expense, it is unacceptable, ”said this administrative director of a private company. Before engaging in "the lifestyle of the Elysée Palace, of our thirty ministers when Germany has half as much and parliamentarians who live like kings ..."