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4/14/17

France Presidential Elections: Mélenchon: Far-leftist surges in French polls, shocking frontrunners

With ten days to go before April 23’s first round vote, the colourful, cultured and cantankerous far-leftist has the front-runners on the defensive.

Suddenly, the grumpy far-leftist -- a showman in a Chairman Mao jacket who openly admired late Venezuelan populist leader Hugo Chavez -- holds the mantle of France’s most popular politician.

In the course of a whirlwind month, the 65-year-old Mélenchon surged nine spots to number one in weekly glossy Paris Match’s opinion poll. A full 68 percent of those surveyed hold “favourable opinions” of the far-left candidate, the poll by the Ifop-Fiducial firm showed.

On some polls, Mélenchon has now bypassed embattled conservative François Fillon for third place in a presidential race that will see the top two advance to the May 7 run-off.

Read more: Mélenchon: Far-leftist surges in French polls, shocking the frontrunners - France 24

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