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    The head of the left-wing La France Insoumise party has faced trial over clashes with police officers during raids on his home and office last October.

    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.

    Jean-Luc Melenchon of the French far left Parti de Gauche and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election delivers a speech during a political rally in Marseille, France, April 9, 2017.
    © REUTERS / Jean-Paul Pelissier
    Jean-Luc Melenchon of the French far left Parti de Gauche and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election delivers a speech during a political rally in Marseille, France, April 9, 2017.
    "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.

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    La France insoumise (Unsubmissive France), Prison, intimidation, France, Jean-Luc Melenchon
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