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Jean-Luc Mélenchon Will not Vote Marine Le Pen, but Refuses to Say How he Will Vote.

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Marine Le Pen Launches Appeal to Patriotic Mélenchon supporters and their bleu-blanc-rouge flags. 

As the far-right gains support, the  sovereigntist, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan of Debout la France (4,7% of the vote in the first round),  announced his backing,

Dupont-Aignan, who garnered 4.7 percent of votes in the first round, said he would vote for Le Pen in the second-round ballot on May 7 and would immediately join her campaign.

“I will vote Marine Le Pen and I will support her;” he said in a prime-time interview on French television, denying she was a far-right politician.

He said he had signed an agreement on the future government with Le Pen, who would incorporate some of his policy proposals into her election platform.

Earlier in the day, Le Pen’s National Front announced it was removing Jean-François Jalkh as interim party chief.

He allegedly made questionable remarks about Nazi gas chambers during World War Two. He has denied the allegations.

France 24.

This is the latest, if elected she will nominate Dupont-Aignan as Prime Minister.

Si elle est élue présidente, Le Pen nommera Dupont-Aignan premier ministre.

Dupont-Aignan is a Sovereigntist, anti-immigrant, law and order fanatic who is anti-EU, anti-globalisation, anti-feminist,  pro-Assad, anti-Israel,  homophobic (see more: Wikipedia).

Some polls show Le Pen rising at  41 % to Macron’s 59 %.

41 % of voters for  Jean-Luc Mélenchon  will vote for Macron’s En Marche !, while 18% have said they will vote for Marine Le Pen. (Sondage. Marine Le Pen réduit l’écart avec Emmanuel Macron).

The  Man of Destiny Jean-Luc Mélenchon hath – finally – spoken.  In a Youtube his – hours late – broadcast the Number 4 candidate in the first round stated that will vote, but will not say for whom, “though one not need to be a great scholar (and a gentleman – I just added that bit) to guess what I will do.”

Jean-Luc Mélenchon “Moi j’irai voter. (…) Ce que je vais voter, je ne vais pas le dire. Mais il n’y a pas besoin d’être grand clerc pour deviner ce que je vais faire.”

Nevertheless the high number of his voters (18%) who will cast their ballots for Marine le Pen lends force to the argument now gaining an audience that once he had adapted to nationalism – “sovereigntism” – it is easier for them to transfer their allegiance to the far right.

Marine Le Pen is appealing to his voters to support her against the ‘banker’ Macron and his free market policies (Marine Le Pen lance un appel aux électeurs de la France insoumise)She noted of his meetings that she was touched to see that red flags had been replaced by the French national flag and that the ‘beautiful’ Marseillaise has been sung by supporters of La France insoumise.

J’ai été comme vous sensible au fait que les drapeaux rouges aient été remplacés par les drapeaux bleu-blanc-rouge et que de belles marseillaise aient été entonnées par les partisans de la France insoumise», débute la candidate frontiste.

Further emboldened by his ambiguities she remarked today,

Marine Le Pen : “Comme Jean-Luc Mélenchon, je suis une Insoumise.

“Comme lui, je suis une Insoumise. Comme lui, je ne veux pas que Monsieur Macron soit élu président de la République car il porte une vision que je ne partage pas, et qui est rejetée par notre électorat. À savoir : transformer la France en une salle de marché.”

Like him I am an Insoumise. Like him I do not want Mr Macron to be elected as President of the Republic because he bears a vision that I do not share, that is rejected by our voters. That is, he wishes to make France into a marketplace.



Written by Andrew Coates

April 29, 2017 at 11:25 am

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  1. He’ll probably spoil his ballot by writing in his own name. Mélenchon first!


    April 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm

  2. Andrew Coates

    April 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm

  3. Fascists now engaging in the street, trying to wrest control from the left:

    Des groupuscules d’extrême droite tentent de reprendre la rue.


    Andrew Coates

    April 29, 2017 at 4:26 pm

  4. “Nevertheless the high number of his voters (18%) who will cast their ballots for Marine le Pen lends force to the argument now gaining an audience that once he had adapted to nationalism – “sovereigntism” – it is easier for them to transfer their allegiance to the far right.”

    Possibly. Although it could simply be that Le Pen is seen as “anti-establishment” by many of that 18%, and that for them that is the most important thing. After all, before the US presidential elections it was reported that 12% of Bernie Sanders’ supporters were planning to vote for Trump.

    It’s an interesting reflection on just how marginal the left has become in most of the developed world – the challenges to the established order are coming from the hard right, and the left is reduced to attempting – “critically”, as always, and unenthusiastically – to help shore up the existing order against something worse.


    April 30, 2017 at 11:06 am

  5. That is also true in the sense that ‘populism’ can ease the way for these transfers, by the vague idea of ‘oligarchy’, elite’ “finance” and their efforts to present themselves as anti-establishment.

    But the knot once tied around Sovereignty and the very broad repertoire used by La Fance insoumise against globalisation and for ‘national independence’ is difficult to unravel, and it’s easy for those mobolised to fight the Banks can then vote Le Pen against the Banker Macron.

    By contrast:

    Andrew Coates

    April 30, 2017 at 11:29 am

  6. “it’s easy for those mobolised to fight the Banks can then vote Le Pen against the Banker Macron”

    True enough. After all, the most intellectually consistent anti-fascism isn’t any variety of socialism. The most intellectually consistent anti-fascism is cosmopolitan liberalism. No doubt Le Pen is delighted to have Macron – a representative of cosmopolitan liberalism par excellence – as her opponent. Her accusation that his vision is “transformer la France en une salle de marché” will strike a chord because it is essentially true.

    The socialist left, meanwhile, faces the task of trying to mobilise people to vote for someone they will then spend the next five years trying to fight…


    April 30, 2017 at 1:05 pm

  7. …assuming Macron wins, that is. It all seems rather absurd. Perhaps the time has come to dump socialism as a discredited utopia and positively embrace liberalism, capitalist globalisation and all that? It may be the best guarantee of individual rights, prosperity, freedom and many of the other good things that socialists used to imagine their doctrine could ensure. That nice Mr Blair used to talk of Labourism’s split from liberalism 100 years ago as something to be regretted. Could he have been right?


    April 30, 2017 at 1:14 pm

  8. Andrew Coates

    May 2, 2017 at 10:35 am

  9. Reason 2,000 – the way the cartoonist draws Le Pen. It is absolutely spot on.


    May 2, 2017 at 7:44 pm

  10. This is also spot on:

    Andrew Coates

    May 3, 2017 at 11:47 am

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