May 7, 2017 / 8:03 PM / 8 months ago

Leftist Melenchon says Macron plans war on French social system

PARIS (Reuters) - Former French far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon said on Sunday that president-elect Emmanuel Macron was planning a war on the French social system and called on his voters to mobilise against the ex-banker in parliamentary elections in June.

“The programme of the new monarch-style president is known already. It is a war against the French social system, and ecological irresponsibility,” Macron said in a speech following the announcement of Macron’s victory.

Melenchon said the country had massively rejected the far right and added that parliamentary elections must show that this is a moment of positive choice.

“A new parliamentary majority is possible,” he said.

Reporting by Bate Felix and John Irish; Writing by Geert De Clercq

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