Communist World News

Far-left loses to far-right in French elections

In Europe on April 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

PARIS, France —Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon disappointedly ended in fourth place in the French elections on Sunday. Social capitalist Hollande of the Socialist Party won the first round with 28,5 percent of the votes, while conservative and current president Sarkozy received 26 percent of the votes.

Jean-Luc Melenchon

Polls consistently indicated a third place for  Melenchon, the former Trotskyist candidate of the Left Front, who enjoys the support of the French Communist Party. In the elections, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen ended in the third place with nearly 20 percent of the votes, while Melenchon merely received 11 percent of the votes.

Melenchon has urged his supporters to vote for Hollande in order to oust Sarkozy in the second round. If Sarkozy loses, he will be the eleventh eurozone leader to be swept out since the start of the bloc’s debt crisis in late 2009.

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