Originally Posted by Seamus L
As far left as Melenchon is, he actually has two big positives. His opposition to NATO, and his opposition to the EU.
Melenchon wants to abolish the Fifth Republic and replace it with a proletarian "social republic" in which assisted suicide - which he hails as the "pinnacle of free choice" - is enshrined as a basic right.
I will give him some kudos for his belief in integration and the necessity of having a "welcoming society" for refugees, however. He has my full agreement on that.
Needless to say, I don't agree with him on practically anything else - not least his euroscepticism and opposition to NATO. You do realise that the only reason he dislikes the EU is that he objects to its single market in goods, services, capital and labour on the basis of his marxist economic philosophy, not its supranationalism per se
. And as for NATO, he is a pacifist and has no clue about the need for collective security or deterrence in international relations.
Thankfully the vast majority of French people would never dream of backing him - although everyone recognises that he is an enormously gifted orator with great rhetorical flourish and comedic value.
But a President-in-waiting he is not. Praise be for that! After Le Pen (who did not do well in this debate, coming across as loud and aggressive) he is the candidate that I like the least.
The far-right and far-left are both rather abominable, albeit for very different reasons.