July 27, 2021

the very low participation is confirmed, the first results expected from 8 p.m.

Abstention confirms his first round record

There was no start. The abstention from the regional and departmental elections reached its record for the first round on Sunday – the rebound in participation, of just over a point, being minimal – and confirms its dizzying rise since the 2015 polls.

According to pollsters, it is between 64.3 and 65.5% in the second round against 66.7% in the first round. The official figures give a participation at 5 p.m. of 27.89% in metropolitan France, i.e. one point more than in the first round (26.72%) and in free fall compared to the regional ones of December 2015 (50.54% ) and departmental in March 2015 (41.92%).

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These figures confirm fears of a record abstention already recorded in the first round for this double ballot which takes place ten months before the presidential election, leaving doubt about its outcome, including in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, where the duel is tight between the list of Thierry Mariani (RN) and that of the outgoing, Renaud Muselier (LR). In this region, participation in the second round is 32.95%, two points more than in the first (30.64%).

As in the first round, apart from PACA, the largest participation was recorded in Corsica (48.61%), and in Occitanie (31.33%). Next come the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region (30.98%), Brittany (30.64%) and New Aquitaine (30.56%). It was in the Grand-Est (22.32%), Ile-de-France (23.67%), and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (26.63%) that we voted the least.

Some 48 million French people are called to the polls to elect their regional and departmental advisers for the next six years.