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Melénchon the high-tech leftist election surprise

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By Simona Volta  with Agencies
Melénchon the high-tech leftist election surprise

<p>Born in Tangiers, Morocco in 1951,Jean-Luc Melénchon has been the surprise package of the French presidential campaign.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="fr" dir="ltr">Vidéo. Quand <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jean_Luc?src=hash">#Jean_Luc</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/M%C3%A9lenchon?src=hash">#Mélenchon</a> évoque son enfance <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/marocaine?src=hash">#marocaine</a><a href="https://t.co/12w5nbcr55">https://t.co/12w5nbcr55</a> <a href="https://t.co/jJNYPA2kiH">pic.twitter.com/jJNYPA2kiH</a></p>— Le360 (@Le360fr) <a href="https://twitter.com/Le360fr/status/847108674350956544">March 29, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The former Trotskyite, who wants France out of <span class="caps">NATO</span> saw support surge after the presidential TV debate. </p> <p>He graduated in philosphy from the University of Besançon in 1972 and worked as a teacher and a journalist before joining the Socialist Party in 1976. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Left-Wing Politician Shakes Up France’s Presidential Race <a href="https://t.co/4kPewpPPw7">https://t.co/4kPewpPPw7</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Melenchon_Jean_Luc?src=hash">#Melenchon_Jean_Luc</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/France?src=hash">#France</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/news?src=hash">#news</a> <a href="https://t.co/3OtSDH5XAD">pic.twitter.com/3OtSDH5XAD</a></p>— Everiting (@everiting) <a href="https://twitter.com/everiting/status/853820859542233088">April 17, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Melénchon served briefly as Minister of Vocational Education under the Socialist government of Lionel Jospin and as a member of the French Senate.</p> <p>He left the party in 2008 to form the ‘Parti de gauche’. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">French presidential candidate Melenchon says will be in 2nd election round<a href="https://t.co/an2yR3MxXX">https://t.co/an2yR3MxXX</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Elections?src=hash">#Elections</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/France?src=hash">#France</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jean?src=hash">#Jean</a>-Luc_Melenchon <a href="https://t.co/gnT9GYnVVG">pic.twitter.com/gnT9GYnVVG</a></p>— NewsFront in English (@ENnewsfront) <a href="https://twitter.com/ENnewsfront/status/851792715826286592">April 11, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Despite being a member European parliament since 2009, the veteran leftist is hugely critical of the EU.</p> <p>He views it as a vehicle for neo-liberal economics to the detriment of ordinary people. </p> <p>His supporters do not want to destroy the EU they want to save it and they see this election as the last opportunity to do so. </p> <p>In February 2016 he launched La France insoumise whose main tool is an interactive internet platform.</p> <p>During the <br /> electoral campaign he has won the support of many young people, who like his leftist platform and his use of the latest tech. </p> <p>Mélenchon has created a web TV, a web radio, and is ubiquitous on social networks he has also used a hologram as a way to surprise voters.</p> <p>Melénchon applied for the Elysee in the 2012 presidential campaign <br /> where he finished fourth in the first round with 11% of the vote. </p> <p>Since then he reshaped his political programme to incorporate environmental themes. </p> <p>Discreet about his private life, he recently dismissed the question with a joke: “If I’m elected, you will not have a Première Dame, because I’m single, so I’ll be a less expensive president.”</p>