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.
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.