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.
In advance of next year’s French presidential election, Macron has significantly stepped up the racist offensive – mainly Islamophobia. This is helping boost support for the far-right, – which he hopes to face in the second round of the election.