In this video from a London Marxist Student meeting, Ben Gliniecki of the Socialist Appeal editorial board discusses the results of the first round of the French presidential elections and the lessons to be learnt for the Left internationally.

In particular, Ben highlights the shattering blow dealt to the traditional parties of the establishment; the meteoric rise of far left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, on the basis of radical policies and bold rhetoric; and the lack of choice that faces the working class and youth in the second round, with a battle between the racist Le Pen and the banker Macron.

Meanwhile, Emilie Dufaw of the UCL Marxists discusses the background to the current political situation: in particular the struggle last year against the reactionary El Khomri law and the mass youth movement of the Nuit Debout.