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Faced with the impossibility of getting individuals to speak about them within the main nationwide media, seven “small lists” of candidates for the European elections printed an article in Libération and protested Monday morning to Arcom. They level out the unequal media therapy of which they declare to be victims, and protest in opposition to the principles of operation of the poll.

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They met on Monday, June 3, in entrance of the workplaces of the Audiovisual Communication Regulatory Authority (Arcom) to protest in opposition to their invisibility. Seven “small lists” candidates for the European elections on June 9 have denounced the principles and practices referring to the European marketing campaign which, in line with them, “lock the political system” and “prevent the emergence of new ideas”.

The representatives of the Animalist Party, the Pirate Party, Equinoxe, Nouvelle Donne, Volt, the Radical Left Party and Allons Enfants, who additionally printed a column on Sunday, June 2, in Libération, notably criticize the brink of 5% of the votes imposed in France to acquire MEPs, whereas that is set at 0.6% in Germany, the place the Pirate Party was capable of acquire a MEP in 2019 with solely 0.65% of the votes.

They additionally protest in opposition to the principles governing the operation of the poll and its financing which impose “unbearable costs” on them. A price range of 1 million euros to print and provide ballots to all polling stations is notably talked about, so the ballots are supplied by the States in Belgium, Spain or Portugal.

These “small lists” lastly criticize the low talking time granted to them. “In the latest official count of speaking times, the Renaissance and National Rally lists alone have more than four days of continuous air time in six weeks, while all our lists together have only had six hours of air time (the sum of these minutes gleaned here and there, obtained thanks to colossal efforts)”, write their representatives in Libération.

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European elections systematically give rise to a multiplication of citizen lists or small events, breaking with every new election the document for the full variety of candidate lists – and for panels to be put in in entrance of polling stations. There are 38 this yr, in comparison with 34 in 2019 and as much as 31 in 2014 (France was then divided into seven geographical zones with a unique variety of lists relying on the zones; that is the Île-de-France zone / French individuals established exterior France which had essentially the most).

“We don’t give a voice to people who propose new solutions”

Among these lists are many far-right and/or conspiracy candidates. Eight lists proposed on June 9 “are based on racist, anti-Semitic, conspiratorial or ultranationalist theses”, notes Libération. This is especially the case of the record of the previous right-hand man of Marine Le Pen, Florian Philippot, allied to the previous deputy of the Christian Democratic Party Jean-Frédéric Poisson, of that of the duo Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala -Francis Lalanne or that of the UPR led as soon as once more by the previous 2017 presidential candidate François Asselineau.

But there are additionally lists of established events, frequently current within the numerous French elections and specifically within the presidential election. This is the case of far-left events reminiscent of Lutte Ouvrière (LO) and the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA), but additionally of the Resistons! of Jean Lassalle, the latter main the Rural Alliance record.

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Other small, kind of structured events, reminiscent of Nouvelle Donne, the Animalist Party or the Pirate Party, are benefiting from these elections to regularly improve their notoriety. But their marketing campaign typically resembles a station of the cross, because the doorways of the mainstream media are closed to them.

“We are currently experiencing a democratic crisis. Abstention on June 9 is once again expected to be around 50%. The parties which have succeeded one another in power for 40 years have not brought any solution to the problems. And despite this observation of failure “, we don’t give the ground to individuals who suggest new options”, deplores Pierre Larrouturou, president of the Nouvelle Donne get together, MEP elected in 2019 on Raphaël Glucksmann's record and who this yr is on the Changer l'Europe record.

Impossible, in these circumstances, to interrupt by means of the sound barrier. All these lists acquire between 0 and a couple of% of voting intentions within the polls. The overwhelming majority of them had obtained only some thousand votes 5 years in the past. The Animalist Party nonetheless managed the feat of totaling greater than 490,000 votes, or 2.16% of the vote. A rating nearly much like that of the French Communist Party (PCF) which, though handled by a lot of the media as a serious get together by being frequently invited to the phases and even taking part in debates with the opposite heads of the record, had not collected solely 75,000 extra votes for a complete of two.49% of the votes.