A former French political minister, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has condemned Ubisoft’s latest entry into the Assassin’s Creed series. Speaking on air to France Inter radio, Mélenchon criticised Assassin’s Creed Unity as being anti-French Revolution and exactly the kind of “propaganda” that right-wing, anti-republican conservatives push into the public realm.
Mélenchon’s biggest issue is the portrayal of French Revolutionaries as “barbarians [and] bloodthirsty savages”. More so, he takes umbrage with the depiction of Robespierre, who was one of the pivotal members of the revolution and one who ensured enemies of the movement were taken to the guillotine. During the interview, Mélenchon referred to Robespierre as “the man who was our liberator” but added that Unity portrays him as a “monster” while it pushes sympathetic notions towards France’s royalty and nobles.
In 2012, Mélenchon failed in his bid for presidency in France when he only managed to secure 11% of the votes. He was a member of France’s Socialist party before he left to make the extreme left-wing Front de Gauche party.