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Melenchon Says He Wants to Become French Prime Minister

  • Far-left leader is looking ahead to June parliamentary vote
  • Tells backers not to vote Le Pen, but doesn’t endorse Macron
Jean-Luc Melenchon casts his vote during the first round of the French presidential election in Marseille, France, on April 10.
Jean-Luc Melenchon casts his vote during the first round of the French presidential election in Marseille, France, on April 10.Photographer: Jeremy Suykur/Bloomberg

France’s far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, who finished in third place in the first round of the presidential election, said he wants to become prime minister whether Emmanuel Macron or Marine Le Pen wins Sunday’s run-off. 

“I’m asking the French to elect me prime minister,” Melenchon told BFM-TV on Tuesday evening. He urged his backers not to vote for the far-right leader Le Pen for president, but said it wasn’t his role to tell people whether they should vote for Macron, cast a blank vote, or abstain.