Paris (AFP)

The rebellious presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is leaving the head of the LFI group in the Assembly to campaign, the elected representative of Val-de-Marne Mathilde Panot succeeding him, the parliamentary group said on Tuesday.

Ms. Panot, 32, was already vice-president of this very active group of 17 deputies, created in 2017 at the start of the legislature and comprising elected representatives with various profiles, from Adrien Quatennens to François Ruffin via Eric Coquerel and Caroline Fiat.

Mr. Mélenchon, elected from Bouches-du-Rhône, has already been a candidate for the Elysée twice.

For 2022, it is the only one on the left for the time being to exceed 10% in some polls.

The leader of France Insoumise Jean-Luc Mélenchon, during a question session at the National Assembly, in Paris, October 5, 2021 STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN AFP / Archives

After a shock televised debate in September between Mr. Mélenchon and the far-right polemicist Eric Zemmour, putative presidential candidate, the Insoumis are planning on the presentation of their final program, on October 16 and 17 in Reims.

The number two of LFI Adrien Quatennens again recently called the PCF presidential candidate Fabien Roussel to rally his champion, to avoid "dispersion" and constitute a "popular bloc" against a "green center" of the PS and the Green.

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