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Firebrand French leftist draws thousands to rally

Firebrand leftist Jean-Luc Melenchon gathered thousands of supporters in Marseille on Saturday, on a weekend of rallies before the first round of France’s presidential vote. Communist-backed Melenchon, who has shaken up the vote with a surge in the polls, will be hoping for a repeat of rallies in Paris and…

Tens of thousands march for leftist French candidate

PARIS — Tens of thousands marched in Paris on Sunday to support firebrand leftist presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who has shaken up France’s election campaign with a surprise jump in the polls. Melenchon of the Left Front, who represents a coalition of leftist parties including the Communists, has emerged as…