Four Way Race in French Presidential Election: Jean-Luc Mélenchon neck-to-neck with François Fillon.
Video Game, “Fiscal Kombat“: Mélenchon versus Socialist Party Tax Evader Cahuzac.
France 24 reports, “Jean-Luc Mélenchon neck-to-neck, or even ahead, of conservative candidate François Fillon.”
The Independent states,
The first round in the French presidential election could turn into a four-way contest, after a leftist candidate’s unexpected surge in the polls.
Mr Melenchon gained one percentage point in the daily Ifop-Fiducial poll, putting him at 18 per cent, while Mr Fillon was stable at 18.5 per cent.
The Independent points to this,
Ms Le Pen has drawn protests from her election rivals bydenying the French state’s responsibility for a mass arrest of Jews in Paris during the Second World War.
Her comments appeared at odds with years of efforts to make her once-pariah National Front (FN) more palatable to mainstream voters.
“I think France isn’t responsible for the Vel d’Hiv,” Ms Le Pen said, referring to the Nazi-ordered roundup by French police in the Velodrome d’Hiver cycling stadium of 13,000 Jews, who were then deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in July 1942.
“I think that, in general, if there are people responsible, it is those who were in power at the time. It is not France,” she said in an interview with media groups Le Figaro, RTL and LCI.
Other polls give Mélenchon 18% and Fillon 17%.
The left socialist, and anti-‘Third Way’ candidate of the Parti Socialiste, Benoît Hamon, is now below 10% in the opinion polls.
With an audience of 70,000 in Marseilles on Sunday Jean-Luc Mélenchon spoke of peace and in defence of “métissage” (cultural and ethnic mixing). He called a minute’s silence to respect those who have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe (A Marseille, Mélenchon à bon port)
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