Jean-Luc Mélenchon is the fruity left-progressive candidate who just surged ahead of the socialist and the “conservative” in the French presidential election. Mr. Mélenchon takes an anti-EU stance, and for the last few days he has been closing in on Marine Le Pen in the polls. He stands at least an outside chance of becoming the next French president — a sobering thought.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this Mélenchon campaign video, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.
The following notes accompanied the video:
Jean-Luc Mélenchon is running in a French presidential election for the second time. His candidacy is endorsed by the French Communist Party (PCF) but he left his own Left Party to establish a sort of political platform, Unsubmissive France. Thank to the electoral force of the PCF (allied with the Socialist Party), he obtained the necessary 500 sponsors to be validated by the Constitutional Council. However, he currently places fourth in the polls, while he was third before the Socialist primary and the bid by Emmanuel Macron.
On Sunday April 9 he made the thousands of people who gathered at the Old Port in Marseille observe a minute of silence in memory of the migrants who perished while crossing the Mediterranean Sea.
|00:00||Caption: Mélenchon: One minute of silence for those perished at the Mediterranean Sea
Marseille [unintelligible] under this fantastic sun!
|00:04||Synonymous with hope and victory, here comes the candidate|
|00:08||for Unsubmissive France [his new platform/party]! Here comes the candidate|
|00:12||for Unsubmissive France, Jean-Luc [Mélenchon].|
|00:20||To all those brave people, we, by our silence, during that|
|00:28||minute of quiet that I am calling for,|
|00:32||it’ll go like a song of love to dry their tears|
|00:36||and hug them close to our hearts.|