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Why French radicals are marching – Interview with Mélenchon

As French radicals march in Paris Sunday against the austerity policies of Socialist President Hollande, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, co-leader of the Left Party and last year’s Presidential election candidate for the radical Left Front, argues for a broad popular front of resistance. Interview by French Communist daily Humanite: Francois Hollande’s poll rating is very low. How do … Continue reading

Hollande was a soft touch at the European Summit says Melenchon

The EU Summit means neo-liberal policies will deepen and the sovereignty of citizens over their national budgets has been ‘reduced to nothing’, says left radical Jean-Luc Melenchon. And yet French President Hollande is pretending this is a new beginning for Europe. More

Why President Hollande will need to embrace Melenchon’s spirit of rebellion

The Socialists are set to wrest back the Elysée Palace from the Right after a gap of 17 years in Sunday’s Presidential poll. Francois Hollande has maintained a consistent and comfortable lead over Nicolas Sarkozy in opinion polls and the incumbent’s increasingly desperate swing to the far right appears to have failed to shore up … Continue reading

Our French resistance is only just beginning, says Melenchon

In unity we on the left have found the strength to stop Sarkozy and derail the politics of austerity, says Jean Melenchon writing in The Guardian

Melenchon: the essential dynamics of the Left comes from the breakthrough of the Left Front

Jean Luc Melenchon dissects the Presidential election result and finds that it is the Left Front that is driving the Left forward If one totals all the votes of the Right, the fact is they are down. In 2007, the votes for Le Pen and ]far right] Megret-Nihous added to those of Sarkozy and Bayrou, … Continue reading

Who voted for Le Pen? Who voted for Melenchon?

IN THE PRESS / RUE89 Eric Dupin Beyond the overall balance in favour of the left, the first round of the presidential election will remain marked by two surges with implications for the future: the influence of the National Front and unique installation the Left Front in the political landscape. A geographical and sociological analysis … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

We hold the keys to the future – Mélenchon on first round Presidential election results

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Presidential Candidate, Left Front, Sunday, April 22, Place Stalingrad …The initial results allow us to draw some lessons The first lesson is that our people seem determined to turn the page of the ‘Sarkozy years’ The total vote of the Right is lower than 2007. But the far right is at a high … Continue reading

Economists dismiss claims Melenchon’s radical programme is ‘unrealistic’

Thirty five French economists have signed a joint statement backing Jean Luc Melenchon’s programme. In the statement, the economists from Bordeaux IV University, People’s University of Caen, Lille-I,-Paris XIII, Paris I, Toulouse Toulouse I and II, Paris School of Economics and IEP Paris among other universities, dismiss claims by rivals and large sections of the media that the programme … Continue reading

France has awoken, declares Melenchon ahead of Sunday’s Presidential vote

Radical left Jean Luc Melenchon called on tens of thousands assembled in Paris Thursday night to vote for the Left Front in Sunday’s Presidential elections to ‘chase’ Nicolas Sarkozy from power and help put an end to the ‘Merkozy axis in the heart of Austerity Europe’. Melenchon, at 13-15% in the polls, said voting for … Continue reading

Sarko the thief has been unmasked

On Jean Luc Melenchon and  ‘reinventing politics’.  Humanite interviews Christian Salmon of the Writers’ Parliament on the Left Front’s novel Presidential campaign more in Humanite

French give thumbs up to Mélenchon’s plan to boost minimum wage

One in two French back Jean Luc Mélenchon’s proposal to increase the minimum wage from €1,400 to €1,700 a month. A new poll found that 43% think the plan by the radical Left Front’s Presidential candidate is ‘justified’, with 55% backing from people who indicate support for the Socialist Party. The Socialist candidate Francois Hollande, … Continue reading

Left Front’s Mélenchon on his campaign to put People First

There is nothing more anti-capitalist than putting the ‘People First’, says Jean-Luc Mélenchon in a recent interview with l’Humanité More 

‘Third Man’ Mélenchon can no longer be ignored

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the radical Left Front’s Presidential candidate, has gained four percentage points in two weeks in opinion polls, a result that would see him take the third spot in the first of the two round vote for France’s head of state. He would win 15% of the first round on April 22, the LH2/Yahoo … Continue reading

Mélenchon draws biggest crowd yet for ‘citizens’ insurrection’

Thirty thousand were expected. In the end as many as 120,000 turned out in Paris in support of presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon to deliver a ‘revolutionary battle cry’ in a campaign that is turning into a plebiscite of capitalism. ‘Spirit of the Bastille, we are back, the people of France’s revolutions and rebellions,’ Mélenchon said before a … Continue reading

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