'French democracy is sick.' Low election turnout sparks grave concern

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PARIS — France is suffering from a crisis of democracy.

The problem was on full display Sunday when a record two-thirds of voters snubbed the polls in regional and departmental elections.

Turnout dropped a massive 16 points compared to the last regional election held six years ago.

The fall in turnout wasn’t because of the coronavirus either. Only 17 percent of respondents to an IFOP poll said the pandemic played into their decision not to vote. In contrast, elections held in the past 12 months in Italy, the Netherlands and Germany had turnout at near-normal levels.

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