European parliament member and member of the leftist Parti de Gauche (PG) Jean-Luc Melenchon poses before taking part in the broadcast news of French TV channel TF1 on February 10, 2016, in Boulogne, near Paris. / AFP / BERTRAND GUAY
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French leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon said he will run for the presidency again next year, a move which could dent Socialist President Francois Hollande's chances of re-election.A former Socialist lawmaker, Melenchon gained 11.1 percent of the votes on the first round of the last presidential election in 2012, helped by Communist backing.Their Left Front union has not fared well in local elections since, but 64-year-old Melenchon could sap votes from Hollande.A Viavoice poll on Tuesday showed 10 percent of left-wing voters consider Melenchon the best candidate for the Left in 2017, only three percentage points behind Hollande.
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