French Political Leader Pelted With Flour During Protest

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Jean-Luc Mélenchon, a far-left political leader in France and a likely high-profile candidate in next year’s presidential election, was pelted with flour at a protest on Saturday, days after President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face as he sought to shake hands with voters.

It is not uncommon for French political figures to be pelted with food: former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande have been showered with flour, and Mr. Macron was pelted with eggs at least twice before he was elected president in 2017.

But the assault that targeted Mr. Mélenchon, the leader of the far-left party France Unbowed, in Paris came against the backdrop of renewed political tensions in France before regional elections next week, and broader concerns about violence before the presidential election, scheduled for May.

Mr. Mélenchon was speaking with journalists at a demonstration against the far-right in Paris on Saturday when an individual threw…

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