Shortly after 14:30, the candidate of La France insoumise (Unsubmissive France) took the stage in Lyon. There, Jean-Luc Mélenchon began with the question: “Where am I now? In Lyon? in Paris?”.
He snapped his fingers and the camera switched to Paris. There, the hologram of the left wing candidate appeared on the Parisian stage, to the applause of the audience. A first in France.
“It is an extraordinary demonstration of strength that you are showing,” said Jean-Luc Mélenchon, under his 3D silhouette traveling smoothly on stage.
Hologram in Paris
Jean-Luc Mélenchon spoke on Sunday about the acceleration of his campaign, attacking first Marine Le Pen and then François Fillon. In an aggressive speech, he set the tone from the first words.
This presidential campaign “looks a bit like top chef because of all the saucepans of the candidates”.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon tackled the candidate of the Republicians, François Fillon, about the controversy over alleged fictitious jobs of his wife, Penelope, and his children, Charles and Claire. As for Marine Le Pen, her salary is now limited by the European Parliament following her failue to repay funds over the alleged fictitious jobs of two employees of the FN. In both cases, investigations are under way in France.
Russia is “a partner”
Melenchon also tackled the program of his opponent Benoît Hamon.
Unlike the Socialist candidate who advocates new rules for the European Union, the candidate of France insoumise wants a total re-foundation of the European principle.
Still on the international question, Jean-Luc Mélenchon recalled that, for him, Russia is a partner.
“No we do not want to make war on Russia. Russians are partners for us!”
It bodes well for Benoît Hamon, who said shortly before, Vladimir Putin “is not my style to me” and how he did not understand this “fascination for Putin.” As for a rapprochement between the candidates on the left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon seems to dismiss this possibility a little more.
The candidate then talked about education, video games, space conquest and culture. To close this one-man show, Jean-Luc Mélenchon called his activists to sing a Marseillaise, after singing “Les Canuts”. In total, on Facebook, more than 22,000 people followed the speech of the candidate, 44,000 on Youtube. According to the spokesman, 12,000 people were present in Lyon.