During the election’s second round, abstention increased above 28%, the second-highest record after the historic rate in 1969 with more than 31%.
This year, Jean-Luc Melenchon, the leader of La France Insoumise, who gathered more than 22% of the votes in the first round, called for a barrage against Marine Le Pen. He did not, however, explicitly ask his voters to designate their ballots to Emmanuel Macron instead. As a result, 24% of his voters abstained, 17% voted blank or null, and 42% chose Macron. These abstentionists have joined the increasingly diverse range of citizens who refuse to exercise their civic duty for various reasons: disinterest in politics, disgust for it, or refusal to choose between the two competitors.