The candidate in presidents of France Jean-Luc Mélenchon has promised a new foreign policy, not to consider Russia an enemy, to withdraw from NATO, to support the environment
The leader of the movement “Rebellious France”, a former socialist government Minister and a Senator, a representative of the left Jean-Luc Mélenchon (biography) in case of a victory on presidential election intends to reorient foreign policy of France, developing a dialogue with all countries.
The TV channel France 2 during the latest televised debate of presidential candidates that passed the day before, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, answering the question whether he intends to develop a dialogue with Russia, said that he advocated “an independent France, which is a leader in the struggle for peace, will be seriously focused on the UN is the only organization representing all of the nation.” He noted that is “against the G8, G20 and other similar clubs for the rich who set their own laws in the world.”
The presidential candidate said that if elected head of state intends to withdraw France from NATO because it is a military Alliance created during the cold war, and because conditions there dictate to US.
“I don’t see France nor masters, nor enemies. Neither the Russians nor the Americans nor the Chinese are not our masters, at least if I’m in power. They are also not our enemies, because France has always built relationships with Nations, not regimes or personalities,” said Mélenchon. Speaking of the UN, the politician also noted that the current U.S. position threatens the existence of this organization, as Americans cut funding, weakening the institutions of the UN.
Mélenchon closes the four of leaders of candidates in presidents of France from approximately 19% of the potential votes in the first round. The candidate from the party “the Republicans”, the former French Prime Minister Francois Fillon can get this Sunday for about 20% of the votes of the French, taking part in the elections. The leader of movement “Forward!” Emmanuel macron is gaining more than 26% of the vote. And for the party leader “national front”, the far-right marine Le Pen, ready to vote about 22%.
Experts note that the performances of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in public, probably are the most striking of all the speeches of the current presidential candidates of France. Thanks to them he managed to score such a large number of potential supporters.
Excellent public speaker with a good sense of humor, he easily establishes contact with the audience. For some time he even outstripped the candidate from the right, françois Fillon.
Take, for example his refusal to move to the Elysee Palace if he wins the election. He said that he will live where he lives now. Well, if security is forced to move to the Palace, he wished “to pay bills for water and electricity”.
In 2008, Mélenchon withdrew from the ruling Socialist party and founded the left Party. As its head he was nominated presidential candidates in previous elections.
His current election program is partially similar to the previous one, but not “far left”.
Mélenchon stands for multiple tax increases for the wealthy that could lead to another Exodus of capital from France. He is against the free trade agreement with Canada and negotiations with the US on this topic. It has large fiscal costs that could trigger a new round of inflation. This candidate promises to increase minimum wage to 1,700 euros (in 2016 was about 1460 euros).
A lot of attention to Mélenchon on the environment, as an advocate of phasing out nuclear power. It proposes to allocate 50 billion euros for “green” programs, of which 25 billion will go to the production of clean and renewable energy.
Mélenchon considers necessary deep political reform all authorities, which will be the basis of the 6th Republic (currently 5th). Among them “Слон.fr” notes the possibility of revocation of the mandate of the deputies, advisers and even the President.
The leader of the “Rebellious France” intends to remove France from NATO, from the EU, as well as all the fundamental European treaties (the Schengen agreement, the agreement on the Euro area, etc.), while maintaining the country’s membership in the European Union.
But he seeks to enter the political-economic organization of the Alianza Bolivariana, founded by now deceased President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez and the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro, in which observers are Iran and Syria.
Relations with Russia
As for the sympathy for Russia and its current President Vladimir Putin, which say the opponents of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the presidential candidate not really particularly warm feelings for his potential future colleague from Russia.
March 30 Jean-Luc Mélenchon at a campaign rally in Le Havre stated that he “had nothing to do with Vladimir Putin”. “I basically fight against his policies, and if I were a Russian, I would vote not for the party and for my friend from the Russian “Left front”, who now sits in prison” (referring to Sergei Udaltsov. – Approx. NEWSru.com).
Then he noted his disagreement with the President of Russia’s attitude to the opposition, the protection of human rights, anti-capitalism and ecology. “Although I don’t have anything to do with him, this does not prevent me to say that I’m not going to be part of the choir of raving lunatics who expect a conflict with Russia. I stand for peace,” said Mélenchon.
However, later he softened his statement in February
in an interview on France 2 TV channel said that Russia is an important partner of France, relations between the two countries play a key role in maintaining balance in Europe, and the EU has no interest to confront Russia. Mélenchon noted that historically the maintenance of the balance on the continent depended on good relations between Paris and Moscow.
The assumption that Mélenchon “for Putin”, was born in 2014 when a French politician who supported Ukrainian Euromaidan and frustrated which replaced the Yanukovych government, said that “the Crimean ports are vital to the security of Russia and therefore, it is clear that the Russians are protecting themselves against adventurist coup authorities, which have influence neo-Nazis.”
And then the assumption to “support Putin” was strengthened in February 2016, when Mélenchon broadcast on France 2, discussing Russia’s actions in Syria, said he supports such measures because Putin “decides in Syria problem” – destroy “the Islamic state”*, similar to the French Marianne. These statements Mélenchon argued that their air strikes Russia has destroyed smuggling oil through Turkey, which has been a source of terrorist financing.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon was born August 19, 1951. Participated in mass student protests in 1968 that led to the resignation of President Charles de Gaulle.
Taught French, worked as a journalist.
In 1972 he joined the Trotskyist “International Communist organization,” in 1977 in the socialist party.
From 2009 to 2014, was leader of the “Left party”.
In February 2016, has founded an independent political movement “Natchinaetsja France”.
In 1983-2004 years he held various positions in the municipal authorities, in 2000-2002 he was Minister of professional education. Since 2009 – member of the European Parliament.
In the presidential election of 2012 took the fourth place with 11.1% of votes.
*Islamic state (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH) is a banned terrorist organization