Granted, departmental elections aren't the most exciting of political exercises, but with the Front National threatening to consolidate its position as "France's No. 1 Party," as they like to say, you'd think people would want to have their say about this. But the clear winner in next Sunday's election is--Abstention. 54% of voters will stay home, according to IFOP, and a whopping 74% of the under-35 set prefer "je m'en fous" to any flesh-and-blood candidate. Additionally, the FN has candidates in 95% of the races, while the UMP and PS manage to muster a candidate in fewer than 80%.
And yes, the FN is going to "win" and the PS is going to take a thumping.