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Old 03-29-2012, 04:18 PM   #1
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France election 2012: Rise of Le Red Devil Jean-Luc Mélenchon


Firebrand hard-Left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon has become the surprise success of French presidential elections and his stunning rise could prove decisive in who wins the final vote.


Jean-Luc Mélenchon has become the surprise success of French presidential elections Photo: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI

By Henry Samuel, Paris

4:20PM BST 29 Mar 2012

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"How high can Jean-Luc Mélenchon go?" asks Libération today.

The charismatic ex-Trotskyist, whose anti-capitalist plans include confiscating all annual income over 360,000 euros, is now polling at up to 14 per cent in forecast votes for round one of elections on April 22.

Styling himself as the "candidate of the people", Mélenchon has overtaken François Bayrou, the centrist third man of the 2007 elections, and is snapping at far-Right Marine Le Pen's heels for third place – even surpassing her in one poll last week.

Crucially, he has also eaten into support for Socialist candidate François Hollande, who is now level or behind Nicolas Sarkozy in polls for round one, and is ahead but losing ground in the run-off. (A CSA poll out yesterday put the Hollande-Sarkozy round two ratio at 53-47, the narrowest since the campaign started).

The Front de Gauche (Left Front) candidate's bolshie blend of working class grit and literary refinement has seen him pull huge audiences at rallies – he claims 120,000 people turned out to his mega-meeting at Paris's revolutionary Place de la Bastille two weeks ago.
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Around 20,000 turned out to another in Lille this week.

Political analyst Alain Duhamel sarcastically called him "our great national poet" today, pointing out that he never misses a chance to cite Victor Hugo.

Master of the put down, he has dismissed Hollande as a "peddle boat captain heading into a storm" but saves his most virulent diatribes for Miss Le Pen, whom he has branded "half-demented".

Now both Hollande and Le Pen are starting to worry he is playing into the hands of one man: Nicolas Sarkozy, whose wooing of the FN electorate and emphasis on security, protectionism and immigration is bearing fruit. Sarkozy has cynically dispatched his aides to praise Mélenchon's "talent" in the hope of further boosting his score.

Hit by a pincer movement between Sarkozy and Mélenchon, Le Pen warned supporters this week: "Mélenchon started the campaign as Hollande's broom wagon, today he's Sarkozy's best ally." Buoyed by his rising popularity, Mélenchon is going for broke, saying today: "My intention is to overtake François Hollande." Hollande has placidly urged Left-wing voters not to forget the shocking lessons of 2002, when a split vote for a host of leftist candidates saw Socialist Lionel Jospin knocked out by far-Right veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen.

One result of the Mélenchon rise was Hollande's surprise pledge to slap a 75 per cent tax on annual earnings above a million euros. The Socialists argue that he has done them a favour by increasing the combined forecast Left-vote for round one to between 40-44 per cent, well above the 35 per cent it managed in the first round of 2007.

But the Right hope that a high score in round one will force Hollande to make concessions to the hard-Left that could scare off the crucial centrist vote in the final run-off – handing Mr Sarkozy victory.

For now, Hollande intends to plough ahead with his no frills, low-adrenalin campaign.

Responding to some in his party who are urging him to lay into Mélenchon or change tactic, he told Le Monde today: "I prefer to win a presidential election with a little less enthusiasm than to lose it with a lot more fervour."
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...Melenchon.html

The rise of the communism in France lol.

This is the effect of the crisis. This guy is very brutal in his speech or even with the journalists. What I like with him is that, he is the single candidate who really battle Marine Lepen. Sometimes he went to far, like on a live TV show when he faces Lepen.
He start to be a trouble maker in this election. Hollande start to be in danger.


BTW: There is a Thread in the debate corner about the French election.
http://www.narutoforums.com/showthread.php?t=809401

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As long as he does not steal enough votes from Hollande to put him behind Le Pen, I don't care. The 2002 election was truly shameful.

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As long as he does not steal enough votes from Hollande to put him behind Le Pen, I don't care. The 2002 election was truly shameful.
I don't know. Before, his attacks was Lepen, Now he also attacks Hollande.

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