Emmanuel Macron’s party has accused an “incendiary” left of stirring up violent protests after the police murder of 17-year-old Nahel Merzouk. For left-wing leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the problem is the government’s failure to rein in unaccountable police.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon is founder of La France Insoumise.
Yesterday’s protest in parliament and on the streets proved that Emmanuel Macron has no majority to increase the pension age. In a speech reprinted here, France Insoumise leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon argues that popular mobilization must keep going to build pressure for a no-confidence vote.
Writing in Jacobin, French leftist leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon argues that we need long-term planning, not market-based incentives, to fight climate change.
The spread of COVID-19 anywhere on the planet threatens us all, yet Big Pharma’s monopoly on the vaccine supply ensures that people in most of the world aren’t getting inoculated. In this appeal, left-wing figures like Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Rafael Correa, and former Brazilian president Lula call on governments to lift the patents and ensure vaccines are distributed as cheaply and quickly as possible.
The jailing of former Brazilian president Lula shows the power of “lawfare,” the use of spurious legal action for political ends. Former Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa and France Insoumise’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon discuss how legal harassment has become a key weapon against the Left around the world.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon told Monday night’s Jacobin rally that the threat to the planet demands new forms of popular mobilization.