Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy criticised for comments about former justice minister's origins

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Mexico kidnappings: Mother speaks out over missing daughter

Read more

DEBATE

The Pope's wake-up call: How to kickstart 'haggard' Europe (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

The Pope's wake-up call: How to kickstart 'haggard' Europe

Read more

WEB NEWS

USA: African Americans call to boycott "Black Friday"

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

How not to argue over Thanksgiving dinner

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Just how green is François Hollande?

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Oil prices ‘could fall further’ without OPEC output cut

Read more

ENCORE!

Film Show: 'Nobody From Nowhere', 'Asterix and Obelix' and 'In The Family'

Read more

France

Far-left leader concedes defeat in battle with Le Pen

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-06-11

France's far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon conceded defeat to the far-right National Front's Marine Le Pen (pictured) following a first round of parliamentary elections on Sunday, saying he would not compete in the June 17 second round.

AFP - French far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon conceded defeat to anti-immigrant leader Marine Le Pen in Sunday's first-round parliamentary election, saying he would not stand in the second round.

Left Front leader Melenchon had taken Le Pen and her far-right National Front party head-on in a bitter battle in Henin-Beaumont, a rundown former mining constituency near the northern city of Lille.

"It's normal to be disappointed but we must not be defeated," Melenchon said.

Melenchon said he would not stand in next Sunday's second round after coming third, instead leaving his Socialist rival to battle Le Pen.

Le Pen claimed that the result meant her party, which wants to ditch the euro, was now France's third political power.

"Given the abstention rate and a profoundly anti-democratic electoral system that has for 25 years deprived millions of voters of MPs, we confirm our position tonight as France's third political force," Le Pen said.

Although the party has not won a seat in parliament since 1986, Le Pen is seeking to build on her strong showing in the presidential vote and cement her party's place in national politics.

Melenchon won 11 percent of votes in the April-May presidential vote that was won by Socialist Francois Hollande, while Le Pen won almost 18 percent of votes.

 

Date created : 2012-06-10

  • FRENCH ELECTIONS 2012

    Le Pen prepared to back socialists in French elections

    Read more

  • FRENCH ELECTIONS 2012

    'Homeric battle' as leftist firebrand takes on Le Pen

    Read more

COMMENT(S)