Just a month ago, the French public delivered a clear victory for the Socialist challenger François Hollande, in his Presidential runoff with Nicolas Sarkozy. Turnout was a huge 80%, with over 37 million casting their votes. Yet in the parliamentary elections on Sunday, vital for the new President as he seeks a majority to govern, this number fell to just 57%. It is fair to say that, after the Lord Mayor’s show that was the Sarkozy-Hollande battle, nobody really cares about the parliamentary elections. This is bad for democracy, and depressingly predictable. Abstentions have been growing non-stop now for 15 years and more, and something needs to be done to make France, once again, politically exemplary.
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