In Lyon, in a city with the four least abstaining constituencies in the Rhone and where NUPES leads the debates, youthful disinterest in politics permeates this round between two rounds of legislative elections. Despite the clear support of the united left, young voters have little interest in the election. Reportage.
Under the scorching sun, the comedy venue struggles to fill up on Friday, June 17th. Few passers-by prefer to escape the heat and head towards the first corner of the shadows they see. Young people are also rare in this arena, just as they were rare during the first round of legislative elections last Sunday. In Lyon, the Union of the Left dominated the debate by winning three of the city’s four constituencies. Only outgoing Representative Ann Brugnera, entrenched in the 4th District, was able to resist environmentalist Benjamin Padward, who nonetheless finished less than 4 points behind her with a 31.72% victory.
Nationally, an Ipsos Sopra-Steria poll showed that 42% of 18-24 year olds decided to vote for Nupes led by Jean-Luc Melenchon.LogicLucille, who is taking a short lunch break near the Opera. The 26-year-old voted for NUPES in the first round, bringing her vote to Aurélie Gries, a first-round and second-round qualifier.
Environmentally driven youth vote
For this young voter, it was the label that beat the candidate. I instinctively voted for the united left because “CIt is the last solution to save ourselves from the disaster that awaits us“The young woman has chosen to abstain from voting every time she has been offered an election in the past, the young woman has decided to vote this year,” she says.It wasn’t Melenchon that motivated me, but the fact that the environmental issue was put at the forefront of the podium. If we don’t move, we’re obviously going into the wall‘, she argued.
“We are still considered stupid. Macron is trying to deliver a greener speech, but we know it’s only meant to attract our votes. Melenchon also you will tell me, MBut we must try and we will see. It couldn’t be worse“, Lucille, 26 years old
without saying “concerned“By politics, she’s still scrutinizing the slip and the positions the incumbent president has taken. A lot of the elements that defined her choice last Sunday.”TEverything annoys me about Macron. He doesn’t say anything and I don’t trust him, I don’t feel like this guy takes it into account.” She screams. On many occasions, she evokes the deep disapproval she feels for politics and its representatives. “We are still considered stupid. Macron is trying to deliver a greener speech, but we know it’s only meant to attract our votes. Melenchon will also tell me‘, admit, mBut we must try and we will see. It couldn’t be worse“.
Vote for the poster
At the Stock Exchange Square, Malik, 25, said to himself,benefit“by politics, not by conviction but rather”consciousness“.”I am neither a politician nor a partisan affiliation to a political family. But last Sunday, I voted for the outgoing deputy for my carousel because I found myself in his speech. Does it evolve?And the a little hesitant. An advertising student at a school in the 9th District admits that “partially“Away from politics and the sequence of legislative elections. He also finds it difficult to remember the name he entered in the ballot box during the first round.”He’s basically a NUPES, a white-haired guy. I didn’t know him at all‘, recalls the person registered in the second district who, without clearly remembering it, voted for Hubert Julien Lavery, who came first in the second constituency.
A “complete rejection” of politics
Direction Place Bellecour, where the feeling of stifling heat continues. Sitting on a bench by the tree, Pierre Alain takes advantage of the only shade corner this square has to offer. He is 32 years old and has voted for the real estate agent only once in his life, during the presidential election in 2012. What immediately catches the eye about Lyonnais is the complete lack of interest in him – in terms of politics. “I never cared about it, I know it’s important to vote, but it pisses me off. To be honest, I don’t think I’m on any list anymore.” He confessed. As a reminder, young people traveled the least to the polling stations. Socially on the left, the 18-24 age group avoided the polls with 69%. Even worse, among people aged 25-34, abstention is at its peak and rises to 71%. “I kicked off the topic, he adds, Everything about politics doesn’t really talk to me. I have a complete rejection of it and don’t want to force myself to take care of it“.
“It’s massive and necessarily annoying. It is in the first place that we, the youth, will focus on these five years. It is a shame to lose control of the choices that matter to us“, William 24 years
A little later, Willem smokes his cigarette before returning to work. A law student at the University of Lyon 3, he is the opposite of Pierre Alain when it comes to voting. He always went to the polls when he could. For the legislative elections, the 24-year-old did a power of attorney with his parents because he is registered in the Loire. “J“I voted for NUPES but I’m pretty much what happens in politics”, Watch the young man. A paradoxical choice for him because it shows that he voted for Macron in the presidential election. “Its program is economically balanced. It was logical to vote for a government that seeks stability. How logical it is to vote for a more left-wing grouping in order to balance the forces. Especially since NUPES has a program that is, in my opinion, widely possible” Analyse.
When it comes to the abstinence rate among young people, the student reveals:It’s massive and necessarily annoying. It is in the first place that we, the youth, will focus on these five years. It is a shame to lose control of the choices that matter to us.”. While it reached a record high in the first round (52.2%), the expected abstention rate in the second round of legislative elections will likely give a new impetus to both candidates and the Nubians.
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