The former abstainers on the Left now voting Macron to keep out Le Pen


In 2017 a section of the French Left refused to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the second round against the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen because of their profound disagreement with his politics. Now, five years later, some of those same abstainers are planning to return to the voting booths for Sunday's crucial second round vote. The reason? To make sure there is no chance that Le Pen can win by default. Mathilde Goanec spoke to some of these voters who have changed their approach since 2017.

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A few days after the first round of the presidential election on April 10th, Mediapart spoke to voters, many of them supporters of the radical left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who were ready to spoil their ballot paper or abstain entirely in the second round. As uncertainty continues over the outcome of the election, an uncertainty that lingers after the lacklustre debate on Wednesday night between the candidates Emmanuel Macron and his far-right rival Marine Le Pen, the question of whom left-wing voters from the first round will vote for – if anyone - in this Sunday's second round remains a crucial one.