Recently The Guardian's Seumas Milne did an interview with Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of France's Left Front.
At the beginning of the interview Mélenchon made a point of saying that the French election couldn't have been won without Left Front support. He went on to criticize French president, François Hollande, with whom he has political differences - but not he emphasized personal differences - commenting that Hollande had "... swallowed the entire Merkozy treaty whole."
The discussion touches among other things on the failure of neo-liberalism, the debt crisis and credit rating agencies... characterized by Mélenchon as "Thugs who randomly attack another but do not respect anyone."
Toward the end of the interview in response to a question relating to the viability of the left given today's challenges, Mélenchon stressed that "Socialism doesn't have to be a utopia. It's a concrete answer to concrete problems."
It's Jean-Luc Mélenchon at his controversial best.
There is no embed option on the video... for the full interview link to the Guardian page - here.