By Adenike Lucas
It is 11 days before the people of France vote a new president but polls are already favouring one man – Jean-Luc Melenchon.
Thousands of people have been flocking round France to hear the 65-year-old candidate of the left speak at campaign rallies.
An hour ago, @JLMelenchon twitted a picture that shows up to 25, 000 supporters at Lille – with another 42,000 following the debate.
A recent online game, Fiscal Kombat, has also helped to improve Mr Melenchon’s rating among the French people.
Mr Melenchon, a socialist, who has promised to tax the rich, is now third place behind centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.
According to Ipsos Sopra Steria poll, Mr Melenchon – who received 4.5 percentage point from two weeks – is expected to receive 18.5 per cent off the first-round of the April 23 elections.
The leader of the far-right nationalist Front National Party and Mr Macron are both expected to gain 24 per cent of the vote in the first round of voting.