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Rural France feels left out of the elections

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Ludovic Rattier on his farm in St Mars sur la Futaie in Mayenne
Ludovic Rattier on his farm in St Mars sur la Futaie in Mayenne RFI/HIRD

A fifth of French people live in the countryside and it remains an important part of French identity. But with the farming crisis, high unemployment, and dwindling social services, people in rural areas are increasingly disillusioned with politics. Polls suggest many are tempted by an anti-system vote for the far-right, or will abstain altogether in the upcoming elections. RFI left Paris for Mayenne in the west of France to find out how ordinary people in "France profonde" are feeling.

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