Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s campaign for Prime Minister frames the battle for the National Assembly as a contest between the left and right, pushing to one side the framework of the right v far-right that dominated the Presidential election.
France’s presidential election first round is on 10 April. Jean-Luc Mélenchon is currently standing in third place in the polls. He proposes France withdraw from NATO and his support has been rising in recent weeks. His campaigning has helped to facilitate a rebirth of the left.
President Macron has announced the withdrawal of French troops from Mali. This is a defeat for French imperialism’s attempt to use Mali as a base to establish itself in the Sahel region and exploit its mineral resources.
Sixty years after the French colonies got their formal independence, the economic, military and political ties which kept the ex-colonies under France domination remains.
It is time that France turned the final page of its policies of colonialism and neo-colonialism.
In the coming weeks, the temperature of the race to be president will rise as potential candidates announce their wish to run in party primaries or as independent candidates.
As things stand, the left will not make the second round without unity behind one candidate.
The election results of the first round on 20 June were widely described in the French media as a slap in the face for President Macron and his La Republique en Marche party [LREM] and Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement Nationale [RN].