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    The hologram of politician Jean-Luc Melenchon (R), of the French far-left Parti de Gauche, and candidate for the 2017 French presidential election, speaks to supporters who are gathered in Saint-Denis, near Paris France, February 5, 2017 as Melenchon campaigns in Lyon

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    Left-wing presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon said that Russia was France's partner.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow should be considered as a partner of Paris, not as an adversary, left-wing presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon said Sunday.

    "We do not want to go to war with Russia. The Russians are our partners," Melenchon said, as quoted by Le Figaro newspaper.

    The leader of left-wing France Insoumise (Unsubmissive France) movement also reportedly urged France to leave the European Union.

    According to the organizers of the rally, cited by the newspaper, about 12,000 came to see the candidate live in the French city of Lyon and 6,000 are watching his hologram speak in Aubervilliers, a suburb of the French capital.

    Another French presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, is also at this moment holding a rally in Lyon.

    While far-right Le Pen is one of the pollsters' favorites, the French left has not fared well in the recent surveys but an alliance between Melenchon and Benoit Hamon, a candidate from the Socialist party, could be seen favorably by the left supporters.

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