French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon is rapidly rising in recent election polls. He is now only four points behind both Marine Le Pe and Emanuel Macron in the latest BVA Poll.

Like Trump, Mélenchon uses social media. He has a huge following on You-Tube and conducted a presidential speech by hologram to crowds in Lyon and Paris simultaneously.

Today, Mélenchon launched “Fiscal Kombat“, a free video game on sharing wealth and combatting fraud. The hero? Well… take a guess.

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Friday evening, Mélenchon, the candidate of “La France Insoumise” (Unsubmissive France) launched “Fiscal Kombat”, a video game in which he is the hero. Its objective: to shake the rich to recover the public money and to constitute the budget of the quinquennium that it would like to carry out.

This project was announced in episode 23 of its Weekly Review, as one of the flagship programs on its YouTube channel. It now takes the form of a browser game with a 16-bit aesthetic, freely inspired by the famous 1990 best seller Mortal Kombat.

The slogan of the game “shake them all!” Comes from the Pokémon license.

The hero, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, takes on monetary “powers of money”: Pierre Gattaz, Liliane Bettencourt, Jérôme Cahuzac, Nicolas Sarkozy, François Fillon, Christine Lagarde, and Emmanuel Macron.

The character catches them, shakes them and recovers money, until collecting a total of 279 billion euros, the total budget provided by Jean-Luc Mélenchon for his mandate, once in power.

“Tax fraud represents in France the equivalent of the annual deficit of the country’s budget. If the thugs paid what they owed and participated in the effort of everyone like everyone, there would be no deficit in this country, “explains Mélenchon.

To propel the launch of the game, a dedicated Twitter account was created, as well as reproductions of NES cartridges, Sega Megadrive or a PlayStation disc, in the colors of France Insoumise. The whole thing was conceived by a team of volunteers from various backgrounds, graphic designers, developers, under the supervision of Emmanuel Bompard, campaign director of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

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Any Guesses?

Will this help Mélenchon make it to the second round or take enough votes away from someone else thus changing the expected pairing of Macron vs. Le Pen?

The first round of voting April 23. That’s quite a bit of time for someone to make a big slip (or surge).

Meanwhile, to understand how tight this race has become, please see Wild French Polls: Spread Between Top Four Candidates Shrinks to 4 Percentage Points.

Addendum

I received an email from Boby Ce (MDT.BigBang) who says he is the lead developer and designer of Fiscal Kombat.

Boby states the design team was fully independent and not supervised by Emmanuel Bompard, campaign director of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, as the article (or translation) states.

Boby commented, “They were just glad knowing we did it, so they supported us in some kind for the marketing of the game but that’s all about it.”

Mike “Mish” Shedlock