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Mélenchon may have disappointed, but he boosted overall French radical left vote in Presidential election

Jean Luc Mélenchon of the Left Front (Front de Gauche) achieved a result on Sunday’s Presidential elections that beat the overall radical left performance in 2007.

Despite support that fell short of some polls, Mélenchon should at least be satisfied that with 3.98 million votes (11.11 %), he got over five times more than the communist party’s Marie-George Buffet in 2007 (707 000 votea), and did better than the aggregate scores of the communist leader, Olivier Besancenot (Ligue Communist Revolutionnaire – Revolutionary Communist League – 4.08%), Arlette Laguillier (Workers Struggle – Lutte Ouvriere – 1.33%) et Gérard Schivardi (Workers’ Party – Parti des Travailleurs0.34% five years ago.

This didn’t hurt the socialists who under Francois Hollande in this election received 770,000 more than Ségolène Royale in 2007, even as the number of people who voted fell, to 36.58 million from 37.25 million.

Le Monde 

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