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Four Way Race in French Presidential Election: Jean-Luc Mélenchon neck-to-neck with François Fillon.

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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.

Jean-Luc Melenchon is now 0.5 per cent behind conservative Francois Fillon, who sits in third place.

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.

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen is seen as leading the first round of the presidential election at 24 per cent, while centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron is at 23 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)


Meanwhile Macron’s latest backer is unlikely to bring him much joy:


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  1. Correct me if I’m wrong on this: Mélenchon and Hamon combined have consistently polled at ~26, a few points ahead of Le Pen, Macron, and Fillon. But because of France’s first-past-the-post electoral rules, neither of them are likely to make it past the first round into the runoff between the top two vote-getters.


    April 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

  2. Very true.

    The worst division on the French left since the 1970s.


    It has great importance for us here, since either of the likely outcomes, Le Pen (worst case) or Macron (much better but not good) will be interpreted as a defeat for European left ideas.

    That is, for the radical left, to democratic socialism and social democracy.

    Macron is clear to distinguish himself from the latter, hence the support of ‘social democratic’ Martine Aubry, the bearer of the deuxième gauche tradition, for Hamon, as well as the much more left-wing wing of the Parti Socialiste.

    Macron en rupture avec la démocratie sociale

    Analyse. En bon libéral, en quête d’« efficacité » à l’image de Tony Blair…

    Macron, if he wins, will encourage a serious attempt to bring back a form of Blairism to the UK, worse than the very mixed forces that people – tending to over-reaction – think threaten Corbyn.

    AS for a Le Pen break through…it hardly bears thinking about, though Channel 4 in the UK is doing its best to spread panic (it might help if their journalist could conjugate French verbs and get his genders right).


    Andrew Coates

    April 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm

  3. Dean

    April 11, 2017 at 4:59 pm

  4. Richie Allen Show in association with davidicke.com.

    We await the Icke line on the French elections:

    Andrew Coates

    April 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm

  5. Have you played the game? http://www.fiscalkombat.fr/ It’s hard to tell whether you’ve won or not…


    April 11, 2017 at 8:44 pm

  6. You’re not joking Francis.

    Null as well.

    Andrew Coates

    April 12, 2017 at 12:38 pm

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