The leader of the Left Front Jean-Lec Melenchon will contest the same seat as the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen in the upcoming parliamentary elections in France.
Jean-Luc Melenchon came fourth in the recent presidential election, with just seven percentage points less than Le Pen.
“Even if there is something spectacular which is linked to our personalities, there are the policies that must be to explained and we must convince the voters,” Melenchon said.
Le Pen announced her plans to run for the constituency first, but did not sound worried by the competition: “I don’t know if the fact that he can’t live without me is good or bad news… I must think about it a bit,” she said.
The two party heads will be facing off in the town of Henin-Beaumont near Calais in the two rounds of elections taking place on June 10 and 17.