of Guadeloupe, Europe is simply too invisible to mobilize | EUROtoday

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Olivier Faure, first secretary of the Socialist Party, campaigning at Bourg beach, Sainte-Anne, May 20, 2024 in Guadeloupe.

The final European elections, in Guadeloupe, in 2019, resulted in very low participation: lower than 15%. A rating equal to these of the 2009 and 2004 elections, however nonetheless above the file of 2014, the place abstention exceeded 90%. “In Guadeloupe as elsewhere, the European elections are not among the most mobilizing”feedback soberly Pierre-Yves Chicot, professor of public legislation on the University of the Antilles.

For a number of years, on the native degree, voters have moved away from the polls. This was for instance the case in 2022, in the course of the presidential election, the place abstention rose to just about 55% within the first spherical and 53% within the second. Rates a lot larger than these noticed all through France, the place abstention was 26% within the first spherical and 28% within the second.

In a research printed in November 2022, the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies highlighted that the abstention price in Guadeloupe was the best “second most important French regions” (after Martinique) and evoked a “electoral demobilization”. A phenomenon usually analyzed as a consequence of the lack of the authorities to resolve the issues of the archipelago, in addition to that of the media to curiosity folks in politics.

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However, this doesn’t stop the assorted candidates from spending just a few days within the archipelago at every deadline. This yr's European elections will subsequently have seen Jordan Bardella (National Rally), Marie Toussaint (Les Ecologistes), Manon Aubry (La France insoumise, LFI), and even Olivier Faure, the primary secretary of the Socialist Party, rather than the pinnacle of the record supported by his occasion, Raphaël Glucksmann (PS-Place publique), travels throughout Guadeloupe.

Parade of ministers

Among the lists with the best possibilities of having elected representatives, solely the candidate of the presidential majority, Valérie Hayer, has not but set foot there. His allies on the native degree additionally stay discreet, having taken into consideration Mr. Macron's unpopularity within the archipelago. Moreover, “the work has been done upstream”notes Mr. Chicot.

Guadeloupe certainly witnessed a veritable parade of members of the federal government between March and April. Several ministers (inside, abroad, transport, communities, public accounts, and so on.) got here to sort out head-on the issues of the territory whose opposition relentlessly factors to the persistence: the excessive value of dwelling, entry to water ingesting water, healthcare, meals sovereignty removed from being achieved, and so on.

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