French voters navigate snap election amid summer holidays

    WORLD  23 June 2024 - 04:23

    Emmanuel Macron's surprise decision to call for snap parliamentary elections has created a scramble among French vacationers, many of whom are arranging proxy votes to ensure they can still enjoy their summer plans during the June 30 and July 7 election Sundays.

    In Paris' 11th arrondissement, citizens queued at police stations to register proxies, allowing friends or family to vote on their behalf. Thierry Vila, a 76-year-old novelist, prioritized voting against the far right while maintaining his writing retreat in Toulon, Financial Times reports.

    This July vote will be the first legislative election of its kind since France's Fifth Republic began in 1958, coinciding with the start of school holidays. The Interior Ministry reported over 700,000 proxy registrations, a significant increase from previous elections.

    Anne Muxel from Cevipof noted the potential for a record number of proxy votes, highlighting the logistical challenge for voters who must verify their identity in person. Despite online options, many voters are reluctant to cancel holiday plans.

    French police officers at the entrance of a police station to obtain a voting proxy

    The situation poses a dilemma for "juilletistes" who vacation in July, as they must select trustworthy proxies not on holiday themselves. Parties are offering online tools to connect voters with compatible proxies.

    Meanwhile, football star Kylian Mbappé urged youth participation, warning of extremist influence if voter turnout is low. The election's format emphasizes turnout, with parties needing 12.5 per cent support to advance.

    French footballer Kylian Mbappé

    Antoine Bristielle, a director at the Jean Jaurès Foundation stressed the importance of mobilizing working-class and young voters, crucial for both the far right and left-wing parties like the Nouveau Front Populaire.

    Overall, Macron's snap election has spurred French citizens to balance their democratic duty with cherished summer vacations, setting the stage for a closely watched electoral outcome.

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