In Saint-Ouen, voters willing to “block Marine Le Pen” by voting for Emmanuel Macron

In Saint-Ouen, where Jean-Luc Mélenchon won the first round, the choice of the tiebreaker is evident for the second round on Sunday, April 24, 2022 between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen. (© SL / actu Seine-Saint-Denis)

“Sunday? Block, of course!” Opinions are almost unanimous, Wednesday, April 20, 2022 around the Landy Market stalls Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis). In this mixed and changing city, Jean-Luc Mélenchon scored 51% in the first round, as did his score in the rest of the department. In the second round of the presidential election, yes Emmanuel Macron which is privileged, “much less dangerous” than Marine Le Pen.

“My name is Karim, who do you think I will vote for? »

Those who agree to answer our questions will not hesitate to vote on Sunday: “I have no doubt, neither does my wife. We will vote, and Macron will vote. No doubt because Ouna, an employee of a fluorescent chasuble community and a father of three, wants to choose “the one that hurts the least,” after voting for Mélenchon.

Least bad in their day to day, already turned upside down by increases in many raw materials, energy and food. “Macron’s program is not the same as Le Pen’s,” the 49-year-old joked, convinced that “Sarkozy and Hollande could not have handled all the crises as Macron did.” He thinks of the partial unemployment his wife was able to receive when the health crisis paralyzed the country.

A few steps away, another had trouble staying still. He only lets go of this phrase when asked for his opinion on Sunday: “Brother, my name is Karim, who do you think I will vote for? I’m not crazy, I won’t vote to be whipped! »

“I love democracy while I vote for it”

The same resolution can be seen in the eyes of Soufia, 51, every time she utters the word “war.” Three times, in a few minutes. Firstly because he “knows what war and dictatorship are” for having lived “both in Algeria”, a country that he left in the middle of the dark decade, in the nineties marked by the civil war that devastated the country.

I came to escape the massacres, not to profit. I work, I pay taxes, I became French. I am grateful every day in France for what he has given me. I try to get back to him, even when he talks badly about people like me all day. I like democracy, so I will vote for it. And the more I discuss it with my family in Algeria, the more convinced I am that we are lucky to live free here.


The other two times that Sufia’s eyes darken when she speaks of war is when she speaks of all the sadness she has felt “at seeing Ukraine bombed like Syria” and at evoking her fear “of those who fantasize about war. but they will never fight if it explodes. ”For Soufia,“ they hide behind Marine Le Pen’s cats ”.

“Extreme, it’s simple, it’s bad”

In front of a fruit-filled shopping bag, Elisabeth * has fears similar to Karim’s: “I’m of the Jewish faith,” she says in a low voice next to her young son who “took out the envelope Macron of the first round. ”I didn’t want to“ vote one extreme, ”because“ extremes, it’s simple, it’s bad. ”

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In Marine Le Pen’s program, Elizabeth’s desire to prevent ritual food under the guise of respect for animal welfare shocks Elizabeth. “I think of people who eat halal and kosher, they ask for nothing more than to do what they want,” the lawyer notes. His vote for Emmanuel Macron is motivated “by what he has done for the middle class and in health, in particular to reimburse dental and optical expenses.”

After making this observation, the 30-year-old wonders, “Have you found people who tell you that you should try Marine Le Pen because you have never tried it? No, no one said that before they met her. This reassures Elisabeth: “These people scare me, the far right knows what it is, history tells us and Hitler came to power through the polls. Because they are Jewish, these positions scare me even more. It’s crazy! »

“Furious” and “boring” melancholyist Vincent “undecided”

Of the dozen or so people we met, half did not want to speak publicly, and none but Vincent bowed to abstention. At 24, whoever voted for Jean-Luc Mélenchon “out of deep conviction” in the first round does not want “a duel between what awakens fascist passions and what is willing to break counterpowers.”

“Furious” at the last term, Vincent is also “bored” by the “licking of two shifts” for melenchonists and environmentalists. But, he says, “he has not decided” what to do once he arrives at the polling station: “I will see the size of my knot in my stomach. I don’t want to help the torches, but I don’t want them to walk me either. »

While polls predict a relatively tight second round – 55% Macron and 45% Le Pen – Vincent knows his vote and that of the losers in the first round will be “important”. In Seine-Saint-Denis, this represented 49% of the voters for Jean-Luc Mélenchon, while the two finalists had obtained 20.3% for Macron and 11.9% for Le Pen. Abstention will be closely examined. It was 30% in the first round, and could increase.

* The contact’s first name has been changed at the request of the other party.

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