Far-left French can­di­date tries to rally sup­port B Far-left

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paris» French pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Jean-Luc Me­len­chon gath­ered tens of thou­sands of sup­port­ers in Paris at a rally call­ing for deep re­forms in the French con­sti­tu­tion.

Me­len­chon, who wants to shorten France’s 35-hour work­week, leave NATO, block free-trade deals and stop us­ing nu­clear en­ergy, has pledged to sum­mon a con­stituent as­sem­bly if he wins the elec­tion. The 65-yearold, a former So­cial­ist who served as min­is­ter un­der sev­eral gov­ern­ments, prom­ises to get rid of what he calls the “pres­i­den­tial monar­chy” and give more power to par­lia­ment.

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