Member of the French parliament and former presidential hopeful Jean-Luc Mélenchon has been sentenced to a suspended three-month term and an 8,000 euro fine by a court for "acts of intimidation towards a magistrate and a depositary of the public authority, rebellion and provocation".
At the same time, four other politicians – French MP Bastien Lachaud, MEP Manuel Bompard, head of the "L'Ere du peuple" movement Bernard Pignerol, and Press Secretary of La France Insoumise Muriel Rozenfeld were fined from 2,000 to 7,000 euros.
Commenting on the ruling, the politician announced his intention to go to the Criminal Court of Bobigny in order to appeal the verdict.
"I will be condemned for 'rebellion' and 'sedition'. I will be an official rebel. It is no longer a conviction, it is a decoration", he said.
Mélenchon was one of the main contenders in the 2017 presidential elections, securing 19.5 percent in the first round, which put him in fourth place.