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Fiscal Kombat: French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon stars in video game

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Media captionSupporters of the far-left candidate have created a game where players bash the rich.

Supporters of the far-left French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon have created a video game where players bash the rich.

In Fiscal Kombat the player roams the streets pretending to be Mr Melenchon as he battles against oligarchs and rival politicians.

The aim is to shake money from the rich to pay for Melenchon's policies.

The player's challenge is to get as much money as possible while avoiding the attempts of the rich to maul him to death.

Among the series of "bosses" that Melenchon must take on are former president Nicolas Sarkozy; the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde; the tax-evading politician Jerome Cahuzac; and the L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

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Image caption Melenchon: "We'll see about that you half-wit! You can't stump the Melenchon!"

Presidential rivals Emmanuel Macron and Francois Fillon must also be defeated.

According to Le Monde, the game was created by Melenchon supporters who met on the 18-25 chatroom of Jeuxvideo.com, a French gaming website.

It has since been fully embraced by the candidate himself, who has released a YouTube video of him playing the game.

"The hero of the game, it's me. I and the people playing my character fighting the oligarchs," Melenchon says in the video.

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Image caption Head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, appears as a boss in the game

During one of the game's levels, Melenchon teleports away from an exploding nuclear power station.

That is a reference to him giving a speech via hologram earlier this year.

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Image caption Melenchon tells Fillon: "You have to face the facts! You can no longer run away! Return the money!"
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Media captionThe moment Jean-Luc Melenchon gets beamed into Paris

Who is Jean-Luc Melenchon?

Mr Melenchon is a veteran of French left-wing politics.

He left the socialist party in 2008 to found the Left Party.

Backed by France's Communist Party, he says the means of production, trade and consumption must be changed, and cites climate change as one of his concerns.

This is not the first time he has stood for the presidency.

In 2012 he received 11.10% in the first round.

He is not a favourite to win the election but has recently risen in the polls.

There are 11 candidates in total for the French Presidency.

The first round of voting will be on the 23 April with the final round on the 7 May.

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