Update of April 12, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.: Since the announcement of the

results of the first round of the presidential

election, this false news about Jean-Luc Mélenchon is once again circulating virally on social networks.

On this occasion, we offer you again below our article originally published in March 2017.

Exhuming old quotes from a presidential candidate and posting them on the web, taking them out of context in an attempt to destabilize their author.

The string is a little big and yet it is regularly used by sympathizers of all political persuasions.

For the past few days, it has been the turn of Jean-Luc Mélenchon to pay the price.

The group On Aime La France, on Facebook, published an old interview that the candidate of La France insoumise, then senator from Essonne, had given in 1991 to the

Quotidien de Paris

.

The title “The only party that rehabilitates politics is the National Front” could suggest that at that time, Jean-Luc Mélenchon was praising the far-right party.

Whereas today, he never ceases to tackle Marine Le Pen and his acolytes.

The publication of this old interview is accompanied by this recommendation: “Please share this image so many times that it goes around France!!!

Just EXPLODE the share counter!!

".

The proof that the will of the author of the publication was to make the buzz.

Mission accomplished since it has been shared 20,800 times on Facebook.

A different quote once put in context

But as the fake news hunting site CrossCheck points out, which found the original version of the interview, the overall quote from Jean-Luc Mélenchon, then a member of the PS, was: "The country is sitting on a powder keg of people who no longer support the current situation.

These people want change, but we still don't offer anything, so they look elsewhere.

The PS has abandoned politics.

I'm going to tell you something dreadful: today, the party that rehabilitates politics is the National Front”.

A sentence which was therefore intended to be a criticism of the PS and its functioning at the time.

While evoking the fact that disillusioned voters of the left, now turned to the National Front.

No, interviewed in 1991 by the Quotidien de Paris, @JLMelenchon did not praise the #FN - #fakenews - https://t.co/oppovm6rXW pic.twitter.com/wdJoPHQR3H

— CrossCheck France (@CrossCheckFR) March 30, 2017


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In 2011, Valérie Trierweiler had also questioned Jean-Luc Mélenchon about this sentence.

An initiative that he had not appreciated, as this video on YouTube shows.

“I thank you for bringing me an interview that dates back 20 years from which you take out a sentence and which you come out under my nose by surprise”, he had indicated.

Before explaining the context of the sentence in question: “It meant that the militants and the leaders of the National Front believe that politics can change the course of events and I believe it too.

And then there are other people who believe not, that in any case there is only one possibility, only one possible order of the world”.

But this time, the entourage of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, contacted by

20 Minutes,

did not want to react to the new exploitation of this interview on social networks.

This new attempt to manipulate public opinion is once again the manifestation of what journalists Dominique Albertini and David Doucet described in their book

La Fachosphère

, published in March.

Namely truncated information when it is not even fake news, which by dint of being relayed, make some Internet users believe that they are very accurate.

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