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PARIS — He has avoided speaking to older, traditional media outlets like Le Monde and Libération.Brutally,” “Jeuxvideo.com,” and “the great whale,‘ three sites for trendy millennials and PlayStation gamers.
And on Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on public radio about his soft spot for French rapper Orelsan, known for his sharp social observations, giving the website a 45-minute interview “Booska-P”, which claims to be the “reference site for the culture of young city dwellers”.
In a final shot before the runoff in Sunday’s presidential election, Macron – who has a healthy lead in opinion polls – has gone for the look of a cool 44-year-old president of his day. Above all, he is pushing late for the youth election, a part of the electorate that he has been trying to attract.
Earlier this month, many young people either abstained or voted for far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the first round of the presidential election.
“There is a perception among young people that Macron has not pursued youth-friendly policies,” said Jean-Daniel Lévy, policy and polls director at analytics firm Harris Interactive. “They feel like he didn’t embody their concerns about the environment … he didn’t talk about it, he didn’t act on it.”
“There is sometimes recognition, but there is no desire for Macron,” Lévy added, calling the president “a young old man.”
Despite France being an aging country, there are more than 15 million voters between the ages of 20 and 39, according to the See statistics Institute in Paris. Over the course of the campaign, Macron has given more interviews to millennial outlets and visited areas populated by younger voters.
In the northern Parisian commune of Saint-Denis this week, Macron debated immigration and headscarves with a young, diverse and mostly working-class community who strongly supported Mélenchon in the first ballot.
In Jeuxvideos.comone of France’s leading video game websites, the President paid tribute to several French video game developers, including Ubisoft, Quantic Dream and Ankama, noting that “few countries have gems like ours”.
In which “The Great Whale” Macron, a new online platform specializing in blockchains and cryptocurrencies, said Web 3, a new breed of decentralized internet service, is “an opportunity not to be missed,” describing “eSports,” or electronic sports as “another French field”. Excellence,” citing esports teams like Team Vitality and Karmine Corp.
Speaking to Booska-P, Macron was asked about police and sexual violence, Islamophobia and job insecurity for younger people.
Despite hanging out with the kids and talking about rap and tech, Macron is struggling to assert himself and speak to younger voters on their top concerns, such as climate change and social inequality.
A recently Ipsos survey found that nearly half of 18-24 year olds and 25-34 year olds did not vote in the first ballot on April 10 2017, more than 25 percent of 25 to 29-year-olds did not cast their votes in either ballot.
Younger voters flocked to Mélenchon in the first round, while far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, Macron’s opponent in Sunday’s runoff, won broader support than the president among voters aged 25 to 64.
Mélenchon’s proposals to abolish nuclear power, industrial agriculture and pesticides resonated particularly well with young people, and his defense of a cultural mix between different communities in France resonated with young French immigrants.
The veteran leader of the extreme left also triumphed in the major French suburbs, winning more than 60 percent of the vote in Saint-Denis and 40 percent in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, which has one of France’s youngest populations.
In contrast, Macron’s proposals on climate change do not seem to have won over younger voters.
Last month, Action Climate Network, a coalition of national and local associations dedicated to fighting climate change, published a critical one Study on Macron’s policy proposals.
“We find ourselves with two people who don’t take the climate crisis seriously: Marine Le Pen, for whom it is not an issue, and Emmanuel Macron, who speaks less about it [today] than five years ago,” said Camille Etienne, a 23-year-old climate activist HuffPost.
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