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Who’s who in the French elections

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Jean-Luc Melenchon
Issue 2300

Jean-Luc Melenchon

Left Front—11 percent

The former Socialist minister joined forces with the Communist Party to campaign for a “citizens’ insurrection” against austerity. He scored the strongest result of any far left candidate since 1988.

Francois Hollande

Socialist Party—29 percent

Hollande leads France’s equivalent of the Labour Party, and has led the polls for months. He has campaigned on the basis of “fair austerity”—as opposed to Sarkozy’s nasty version of austerity.

Nicolas Sarkozy

UMP—27 percent

The outgoing president had already built up a reputation as a vicious reactionary as a minister in Jacques Chirac’s government. Since winning the presidency in 2007 he has used his time in office to get close to the ultra-rich.

Marine Le Pen

Front National—18 percent

Le Pen inherited the leadership of France’s fascist party from her father last year. She has worked hard to give the party a more moderate public image, but remains a committed fascist.

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