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French politics has been unusually present in the US media of late: in Jacobin, Harrison Stetler reports on Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s presidential candidacy, which so far has failed to make any headway. In the Nation, Cole Stangler interviews and profiles Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who, for now at least, remains the strongest presidential contender on the French Left. Stangler gives a good sense of JLM’s outlook and strategy, as well as his political strengths. But he also raises some of the issues that have undermined Mélenchon’s position in recent years, including his tendency for problematic gaffes. It is a tendency that has shown itself again in recent days, with Mélenchon (rightly) coming under fireRead More »