Monday, May 23

Presidential: Jean-Luc Mélenchon announces an “olfactory” meeting

Jean-Luc Mélenchon innovates again. The candidate of France Insoumise (LFI) in the presidential election announced an “olfactory” and “immersive” meeting on January 16.

No clarification was provided. But the activists are “not ready”, promised the member of Bouches-du-Rhône on Twitter this January 5.

The gathering will take place at 2 p.m. at the “Exponantes” Exhibition Center in Nantes (Loire-Atlantique). An hour after the announcement, more than 350 people had already indicated their participation on Facebook.

Even if the contours of the event remain vague, this is not the first time that Jean-Luc Mélenchon surprises his activists. During his campaign in 2017, he achieved a world first by being present in both Lyon and Paris thanks to a hologram. His gatherings have always been very well attended, bringing together up to 80,000 people on the Place de la Bastille (Paris), during his first candidacy in 2012.

Exempt from sanitary measures

In times of health crisis, presidential campaign meetings raise questions. They are not subject to the sanitary pass or spectator gauges, unlike concerts, sporting events, etc. The Constitutional Council had ruled in November that it was unconstitutional to put in place such constraints for a political rally. The meeting of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, on December 5, had also welcomed 4,500 people in Paris.

The founder of France Insoumise is in his third candidacy for the presidential election. In 2017, he won 19.58% of the vote in the first round, finishing in fourth position.

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