French Socialist Party candidate Hollande praises Left Front candidate Mélenchon
Hollande’s signals to Mélenchon underscore the fact that he relies on Mélenchon to provide a left face for his own campaign, despite its right-wing program. This is an indictment of the politics of the entire bourgeois “left,” including the Left Front, and its promotion of Hollande as an alternative to Sarkozy.
Hollande relies on the Left Front, which consists mainly of the Stalinist Communist Party and Mélenchon’s Left Party and is promoted by the New Anti-Capitalist Party, to foster reformist illusions. Meanwhile, Hollande presents himself as the only “left” candidate who has a chance of winning.