French leftist Mélenchon climbing in presidential polls

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Latest opinion poll surveys of voting intentions in the April French presidential elections show Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the radical-left LFI party, as having overtaken the conservative candidate and closing the gap with the two far-right candidates, raising speculation that he could yet reach the second-round playoff against Emmanuel Macron, who retains a comfortable lead over all his rivals.  

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He has called for a top rate of income tax of 90 per cent, wants France to leave Nato and has chatted with Jeremy Corbyn in Spanish about their shared admiration of Latin American revolutionaries, reports The Sunday Times.