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“By massively sulking the ballot boxes, the voters dryly indicated that the game had to stop”

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Chronic. The great moments of rocking are never easy to admit. This is the only excuse that can be found at the evening at any lunar point of the first round of the municipal elections, Sunday March 15. On the television sets, the extras did not know if they should display dismal looks or on the contrary rejoice, while the results fell one after the other against a background of record abstention: 55%, 20 points more than ” in 2014, an absolute record for this kind of poll. And already pointed to the near certainty that the second round, Sunday March 22, would be canceled, for lack of being able to stand in good conditions.

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The bad farce that was played on the air of “one more minute Mr. the executioner” resulted from two injunctions in all points contradictory distilled a few days earlier by the high political spheres: on the one hand, it was necessary to limit the human contacts to stop the Covid-19 pandemic; on the other, we had to go and vote to affirm that democratic life, despite everything, continues. The ship sinks but the show must go on ! Consulted on Thursday, March 12, by Emmanuel Macron, while the closure of nurseries, schools and universities was about to be announced, two eminent representatives of the right, Gérard Larcher and François Baroin, categorically refused on behalf of the defense of the territories to postpone the municipal ballot. “It would be a coup”, had even launched Christian Jacob, the president of LR, infected, since, by the virus.

Protect the French

Again alerted by the exponential progression of the epidemic, the President of the Republic reaffirmed, on Saturday, March 14, his desire to maintain the first round of the election, even when his Prime Minister had just struck the twelfth stroke of midnight , the entry of the country into phase 3 of the epidemic, the one which marks a brutal stop to social life, hitherto preserved.

Stunned, the whole country then began to understand that the country was falling into a war sequence, an implacable fight against the virus, but they were still in the process of settling for normality, marked by the pre-eminence of the political game, so as not to say politician. Because what was the right hoping for by demanding the continuation of the poll if not to get better after two and a half years of humiliating electoral meetings for it?

And what was the President of the Republic looking for if he did not save the very fragile sacred union that the pandemic had just created after months marked by virulent antimacronism? By massively sulking the ballot boxes, voters dryly signaled to everyone that the game had to stop and that it was time to get down to business. Relentless lesson delivered by a responsible people to the officials supposed to represent them!

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