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The long shadow of abstention hanging over France's parliamentary elections

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The writing on the wall, to be ignored at a party's peril. © Reuters The writing on the wall, to be ignored at a party's peril. © Reuters

This Sunday’s first round of voting in France’s parliamentary elections is predicted to see newly-elected centrist president Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling party emerge with a resounding lead. But also forecast is a poor, and possibly record-low, turnout. Mediapart political commentator Hubert Huertas argues here that, as usual, the abstention rate will be largely ignored by those who win, and used by those who lose to hide the true significance of their defeat, while in fact it delivers a powerful political message to all parties.

 

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