The Impoverishment of Politics in France – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

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As part of a new worst-case scenario for France, the extreme left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is using a vocabulary of violence to warn the French about the wounds they face if he isn’t elected president.

“You’re going to be spitting blood if you elect those three,” he said in a speech last week. Mr. Mélenchon was shouting out his version of the peril of putting any one of his campaign rivals—Marine Le Pen of the far right,…