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deconfinement eclipses the regional countryside

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France began the third stage of its deconfinement on Wednesday, June 9. The curfew was pushed back from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the French gathered on the terraces. In this context, it is difficult to mobilize the electorate for the campaign for regional elections, as the drawing by Marie Morelle shows.

Towards a record abstention rate? This is the concern of political commentators while the regional election campaign struggles to capture the attention of crowds. The French are indeed busy savoring the freedom regained after months of health restrictions against the Covid-19 epidemic. Symbol of this “Covida”, as this widespread enthusiasm has been nicknamed: the terraces of bars and cafes are always full. A phenomenon further amplified by the shift of the curfew from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. from Wednesday, June 9.

By drawing an electoral ballot box reduced to begging for a little attention in front of people seated on the terrace, Parisian illustrator Marie Morelle has captured the atmosphere of this recklessness – and the risks germinating for local democratic life.

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