Emmanuel Macron slammed for 'following bad science' by expert
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Euroscepticism across France has seen a spike in support following the bloc’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, vaccine rollout and the UK’s departure from the EU. Now, Mr Melenchon, the leader of the far-left La France Insoumise party, has backed support for French independence ahead of the 2022 presidential election.
Mr Melenchon, who announced he would stand in the election back in November last year, said: “Despite what others think, the French decide for themselves.
“I am capable of making proposals to Europeans, but also of disobeying if necessary in order to apply the program chosen by our people.
“I advocate French independence, that is to say to regain our capacity to decide sovereignly, to be free.
“What I want is for our country to be free.
“This is the first condition for cooperation at the international level.”
Mr Melenchon added how the French public are “tired of voting” against one candidate or another.
He continued: “Every morning, every evening, we hear about the Macron-Le Pen duel.
“We want to propose another path: the one around the ‘Common Future’ program.
“I want to create a majority.
“We are all tired of voting against one candidate or another.
“We want to vote for a program.
“This is what we are proposing.
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“It is not true that my program is that radical, I find it suitable.
“If it had to be summed up, I would say it is a popular ecology program that breaks with the system.”
The programme Mr Melenchon is proposing is a “perpetual debt” with the European Central Bank which, the politician claimed” would not “cost anyone” money.
Mr Macron has seen his popularity plummet following the French government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, Mr Macron far-right rival, Marine Le Pen, said she was confident she would win the presidential election.
Ms Le Pen said: “I think I will win the presidential election.
“A lot of French people will be reassured when they see the way I run the country.”
Ms Le Pen went on to say how she wants to “bring together the French” and create a “government of national unity”.
She continued: “I wish to make a government of national unity, it is my dearest wish.
“Because it is what will make it possible to present to the French the necessary unity around a political project.”
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega
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