French leftist leader Mélenchon on trial for obstructing police raid

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The trial of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 68, leader of the leftist La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) party, began on Thursday in which he and five other party members are accused of intimidating police and public prosecution officials during a 2018 search of his home and party offices conducted as part of an investrigation into alleged election funding irregularities.

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Leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon, one of France's main opposition leaders, arrived at a courthouse outside Paris on Thursday at the start of his trial on charges of intimidating officials who were investigating him over possible funding irregularities, reports Channel News Asia.