Mélenchon brings together the left vote with 20%

presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon of the France Unsubmissive party has united the leftist vote in the French elections with the 20.96% of the ballots and his electorate will be key in the second round of the elections thatand will be held on April 24, in which the current president, Emmanuel Macron, and the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen, will compete for the presidency of France.

The leftist Mélenchon has called on his constituents to not give any vote to Le Pen in the second roundbut He has not ruled on whether they should vote for the current president.

The candidate for France Insumisa has been in third position, out of the second round, behind Macron, with 27.4% of the votes, and Marine Le Pen, with 24.58%with more than 90% scrutinized.

Mélenchon: “Not a single vote for Mrs Le Pen”

During his speech after hearing the first estimates of the results, Mélenchon repeated several times to his constituents that give “no vote to Le Pen” and has admitted that he will vote for the French president to “prevent the coming to power” of the leader of the National Association.

In the dilemma between choosing to give his vote to the current French president or abstaining, the leftist candidate has allowed their constituents act according to their “conscience”, but has not commented on whether they should vote for Macron. “The The human condition means facing difficult decisions“Melenchon said.

In this sense, President Macron has thanked the candidates who have given him their support and has referred directly to the leftist leader. “I invite all citizens (…) to join us. Some will do it to hinder the extreme right and I am aware that It is not a support for my project and I respect it. It is the decision that Mélenchon has taken, for example,” the president said.

More than a quarter of the people who said they were going to vote for Mélenchon in the first round anticipated that they would opt for Le Pen in the event of a duel between her and Macron in the second round, according to polls in recent weeks.

The leader of France Insumisa has stated that understands the “anger” of his followers after the results of the first round of the elections, but has insisted that that should not lead to “making mistakes that would be irreparable”.

Other candidates call not to support Le Pen

The candidate of Europa Ecología Los Verdes, Yannik Jadot, with 4.43% of the votes, has been clearer in asking his constituents to vote for Macron on April 24, although he has insisted on the political differences with the current president and has asked the environmentalists to “oppose the extreme right”.

The communist leader, Fabien Roussel, has asked “all French people to use the only ballot at our disposal” to defeat Le Pen and has affirmed that he will never let the candidate of the National Association “come to power”. Roussell has also charged against the president because, in her opinion, if “the extreme right is at the gates of power, the candidate president bears a great responsibility for this situation. The Republican candidate, Valérie Pécresse, and the socialist, Anne Hidalgo, have expressed themselves along the same lines.

For his part, the candidate Jean Lassalle, from the Resistamos party, he has not given instructions to his constituents for the second round of the elections, while the far-right Éric Zemmour, from Reconquista!has been the only one who has spoken clearly in favor of Le Pen.


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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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