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French Politician: Assassin's Creed is "Propaganda Against the People"

| 18 Nov 2014 16:07
jean luc melenchon

Former Minister says Ubisoft's latest has "far right" view of French history, presents "an image of hatred."

The following may include SPOILERS for Assassin's Creed: Unity.

Assassin's Creed: Unity has been mocked for lack of female characters and trashed for bugs and glitches; but the latest volley to be tossed at the high-profile Ubisoft release has come from the realm of French politics.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, France's former Minister of Vocational Education and onetime Presidential candidate for the Left Front, has fiercely condemned the French Revolution-set game for its portrayals of historical figures and events of the time. In a recent radio interview, he specifically cited the (in his view) depictions of Revolutionaries as "barbarians, bloodthirsty savages" versus portrayal of Artisocrats and Royals as "fine upstanding people."

Further quotes from the interview (translated by The Telegraph) included:

"The man who was our liberator at a certain moment of the Revolution - because the Revolution lasted a long time - Robespierre, is presented as a monster,"

[AC:Unity] "presents an image of hatred of the Revolution, hatred of the people, hatred of the republic which is rampant in the far-right milieux (of today)."

Mélenchon, who left France's Socialist Party in 2008 to found The Left Party and has served as Party President since. He received approximately 11% of the vote in the country's 2012 election.

Source: The Telegraph

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