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Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Policies



Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbasePro-choice, and providing birth control, sex education, and more social services will help reduce the number of abortions

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Should France withdraw from the European Union?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, but renegotiate for strict limits on migration into the country and the terms of our monetary contributions

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, and businesses should be required to publish their salary ranges for each position

Domestic Policy  ›  Armed Teachers

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, hire professionally trained security guards instead

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

Immigration  ›  Deporting Criminal Immigrants

Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should France raise taxes on the rich?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

  Public statementsYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn the French language?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, but the government should provide free language learning courses

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

National Security  ›  Terrorism Surveillance

Should the government arrest all people who are under surveillance for suspected terrorism (S-files)?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, only if there is undeniable evidence they are planning an attack

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the French flag?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, and ban all disposable products that are not made of at least 75% of biodegradable material

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatization

Should there be more or less privatization of hospital and healthcare services?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseLess, and there should be no privatization of the healthcare industry

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into France?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in France, have the right to vote?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, they are essential to protecting other children who are too young to be vaccinated

Immigration  ›  EU Migrant Quota

Should the EU impose a quota of migrants per country?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Foreigner Mosque Funding

Should foreigners be banned from funding mosques in France?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, and make it a living wage

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

Social  ›  Assisted Reproductive Technology

Should assisted reproductive technology be allowed for lesbian couples?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Russia

Should France maintain diplomatic relations with Russia?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Elections

Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, and we should not try to influence any other country’s elections or policy

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should France assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, they should be captured and given a fair trial

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should France raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseRaise

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Party’s support baseNo

Social  ›  Animal Rights

Should the government ban cultural ceremonies that involve the killing of animals for entertainment?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, and the government should do more to protect the treatment of animals

Elections  ›  Elected Representatives

Should the number of elected representatives be reduced?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, but reduce their salaries and retirement benefits

the Economy  ›  Solidarity Tax

Should the solidarity tax on wealth be abolished?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, I do not believe in the death penalty

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, and enact legislation preventing government surveillance of citizen communications

the Economy  ›  Universal Wage

Should France implement a universal wage?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, and provide more free public transportation

Foreign Policy  ›  Colonization of Algeria

Was France’s colonization of Algeria a crime against humanity?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

the Environment  ›  Alternate Circulation

Should the government implement alternate circulation during a sharp pollution increase?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, and also increase government funding of public transportation, clean energy, and clean automobiles

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Army

Do you support the creation of a European Army?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Civil Service

Should the current number of civil servants be increased or decreased?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseIncreased

Domestic Policy  ›  Social Media Regulation

Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Farm Subsidies

Should the EU subsidize farmers?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, but only for organic farms

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of Parliament?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruption

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseFewer

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  NATO

Should France remain in NATO?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, but NATO should focus more on counter-terrorism strategies

Foreign Policy  ›  European Commission

Should the European Commission be dismantled?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to France be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, for most but not all drugs

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should France increase or decrease military spending?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseDecrease

National Security  ›  De-radicalization Center

Should people under surveillance (S-Files) be sent to de-radicalization centers?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Kurd

Should France support the Kurds in establishing their own territory?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, but not for cosmetics

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should France accept refugees from Syria?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, but only after extensive background checks and continuous monitoring to ensure they have no terrorist connections

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should France increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

  Party’s support baseIncrease

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, preventing women from serving in combat roles is discriminatory

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue

National Security  ›  Syria Travel Ban

Should French citizens who have traveled to Syria be put in jail?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Article 49.3

Should article 49.3 be removed from the Constitution?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should the government increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseIncrease, but only for countries that have no human rights violations

Foreign Policy  ›  Post Brexit UK

Should the UK be allowed to access European Markets once they leave the EU?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  North Korea Military Strikes

Should France conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, we must use every diplomatic option first

Immigration  ›  Solidarity Offence

Should the solidarity offence be decriminalized?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseHelp

the Economy  ›  Work Law

Should the Work Law be repealed?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

National Security  ›  Stationary Security Missions

Should stationary security missions be overseen by private companies so police can concentrate on other tasks?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

Elections  ›  Candidate Transparency

Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, and also required to release their medical records

Immigration  ›  Migrant Children

Should the children of migrants who live in French territories be allowed to join their families?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, everyone should receive an income to cover basic necessities including food and housing

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, but place them under house arrest using an electronic bracelet

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union Countries

Should the number of countries in the European Union be reduced to 15?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should French citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxes

Foreign Policy  ›  Backstop

Should the U.K. and Northern Ireland remain in the EU’s customs area after Brexit?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Transportation  ›  Notre-Dame-des-Landes Airport

Should the government stop construction on the Notre-Dame-des-Landes’ airport?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, this system guarantees healthcare for everyone

National Security  ›  Le Touquet Accord

Should the government renegotiate the Le Touquet accord?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

National Security  ›  Emergency State

Should Emergency State measures be included in the French Constitution?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes, and nationalise the banks

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Net Neutrality

Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?

  Jean-Luc Mélenchon voterbaseNo, treat all traffic equally and continue the openness of the internet