Jean-Luc Mélenchon's China stance causes tensions on French Left

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The broad leftwing alliances NUPES became a major force in France's National Assembly following legislative elections in June. However, several leading figures in the alliance have voiced their strong disagreement with its main architect, the veteran radical left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon, over the latter's stance on China and Taiwan. As François Bougon and Mathieu Dejean argue here in this opinion article, Mélenchon's rehashing of Chinese state propaganda stems from deep-seated anti-Americanism.

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It just took one blog from Jean-Luc Mélenchon to highlight the gaping foreign policy divide between various groups in France's broad-left alliance, the Nouvelle Union Populaire Écologique et Sociale or 'NUPES', and cause a stir on the Left in the middle of the holiday season.