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Could Mélenchon be France’s next prime minister?

The left are polling better than expected ahead of French parliamentary elections this weekend.

After narrowly missing out on making the second round of the presidential election, the leader of the left in France, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, is battling Emmanuel Macron’s renamed Renaissance party to win this weekend’s legislative elections. Could he give the president a tough five years?

The Europe correspondent, Ido Vock, joins Emily Tamkin and Katie Stallard to look ahead to the vote.

Also this week, as a progressive district attorney is recalled in San Francisco, the panel discuss why US police are so bad at tackling crime.

In You Ask Us, Ido, Emily and Katie answer a listener’s question on whether Vladimir Putin might actually be dead or dying? If you have a question for You Ask Us, email

Further reading:

Headache for Emmanuel Macron as support for the French left surges.
Policing in America is broken.
Is Vladimir Putin dead?

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