Alexander Plahr, Vice-President du Lymec, m'a demandé d'écrire une petite contribution pour expliquer aux libéraux européens le vote des régionales. Voici ma proposition.
Last Sunday, French citizens voted for the first ballot of the regional elections. As expected, a large majority of people refrained from voting. The abstention rate grew from 39.16% in 2004 to 53.5% in 2010, resulting in a total number of only 19.475.713 voters. If the abstention rate is the first striking fact of this election, the fact that Jean-Marie Lepen’s party came back as a major political force with a score of 11,42% is for sure the second one. Then, the almost done deal for the united socialist forces in next week-end second ballot is definitely the third one. They represent 53.72%, adding voters from the Socialist Party (23,6%) together with other considered ”left wing” parties such as « Europe Ecologie » (12,19%) also known as “the green”. Next Sunday, they will be united under one umbrella against UMP (Nicolas Sarkozy’s party), which only scored 26,2% and which cannot count on any external support. Jean Marie Le Pen’s nationalist party maintains its lists on one hand. On the other hand, center-right forces have been decimated with the crush of Modem, François Bayrou’s party (member of ALDE) scoring 3,27% and it’s clear opposition to Sarkozy’s government. These are the overall striking facts of this election. So what happened to France?