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Mélenchon goes to trial for intimidating police officers who were investigating him for alleged irregular funding

September 19, 2019

BOBIGNY (FRANCE), Sep 19 (Reuters / EP) –

French leftist leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, one of the main opposition politicians, has arrived on Thursday at the court where the trial will be held in which he is accused of intimidating police officers investigating him for possible funding irregularities.

The 68-year-old head of France Insumisa has said that it is a political trial designed to destroy him. Mélenchon has appeared 45 minutes before the appointment at the court of Bobigny, a town on the outskirts of Paris, and has greeted his followers who congregated at the door.

Mélenchon, who heads the opposition to the economic policies of the president, Emmanuel Macron, and a supporter of the 'yellow vests' protests against the Government, obtained an unprecedented result in the first round of the 2017 elections, a 19.5 Percent of the votes.

The trial will evaluate the facts surrounding the raids that were carried out by order of the Paris Prosecutor's Office at Mélenchon's home and in the party offices in 2018. In the images collected by the media cameras on the registration stage, You can see how Mélenchon and some of his followers shout at agents and prosecutors, while another group raided the area that had been cordoned off for the raid.

The trial will evaluate the actions of Mélenchon and five other people, including two deputies for Insumisa France. On the other hand, he is accused of two charges for financing irregularities, one of them for misuse of European Parliament funds and the other for financing his election campaign. Other parties in France, such as National Association and Modem, have also been investigated for alleged corruption.