Ten of eleven candidates for the upcoming presidential election (L-R) candidate for the far-left coalition La France insoumise Jean-Luc Melenchon, candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains (LR) party Francois Fillon, independent candidate Jean Lassalle, candidate for the far-left Lutte Ouvriere (LO) party Nathalie Arthaud, candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen, candidate for the left-wing French Socialist (PS) party Benoit Hamon, candidate for Solidarite et Progres (Solidarity and Progress) party Jacques Cheminade, candidate for the right-wing Debout la France (DLF) party Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, candidate for the En Marche! movement Emmanuel Macron and candidate for the Popular Republican Union (UPR) party Francois Asselineau pose for a family picture prior to a debate organised by French private TV channels BFM TV and CNews, with all eleven candidates, in La Plaine-Saint-Denis, near Paris, France on April 4, 2017. Candidate for far-left New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) Philippe Poutou refused to take part in the family picture. ©Pool/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images
The French presidential election debate held on 4th April was unprecedented: never before have all candidates for the post shared a platform. The five frontrunners were joined by two Trotskyists and four maverick right-wingers, including veteran conspiracy theorist Jacques Cheminade, whose programme includes plans to industrialise the moon.
The previous debate of this extraordinary campaign, in March, involved only the five…
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