French parties are measured on the regional thermometer

The weather is good and the pandemic seems to be subsiding. The summer is coming. And the French don’t seem very passionate about Sunday’s regional elections. On the contrary, everything points to a certain degree of disinterest and, sometimes, even rejection. “Anyway, I think that once elected, politicians are more concerned about their careers and how to be re-elected than about our society and what we want,” says a citizen.

Turnout is usually lower in regional elections. But this year it could hit its all-time low. However, Nathalie Blamat, president of a neighborhood association of the Guillotière district in Lyon, will vote without hesitation.

Safety is your main concern. Along with 600 other residents, he has filed a class action lawsuit against the state and wants to send a message to politicians. He has voted to the left his whole life, but has recently decided to shift to the right: “The fights in the street are more and more frequent. Thefts happen regularly. We are hoping that (politicians) will really take our concerns into account. . “

The regions do not have security competencies

The problem is that the government of the region is not in charge of security, but of economic development, interurban transport, institutes, water management and the management of European regional programs. So what does this issue have to do with the bell?

“There have been a whole series of attacks of unprecedented severity, such as the beheading of a teacher. These dangers have contributed to polarizing the attention of voters and the media on this security issue.”, Explains Frédéric Micheau, Deputy Director of Opinionway

Be it a cause or a consequence of the media attention to this issue, the right wing is expected to win in three of the largest regions, while Marine Le Pen’s far-right party is going, according to first round polls in several departments.

With only ten months to go before the presidential elections, these regional polls are seen as a rehearsal for political parties with national difficulties. A ruling party fights against local figures on the popular right and a far-right National Rally seeks to gain credibility, as polls indicate Marine Le Pen will be Emmanuel Macron’s biggest rival. But a possible low turnout in these regional elections could also suggest that all parties will face, again, next year, the challenge of convincing the French to vote and believe in them again.