Experts see Melenchon as the most powerful leftist with an outside chance of making it to the second round of voting — but only if the entire left joins him.
Apart from giving refuge to the troubled and destitute, the city also stole the heart of many renowned artists, thinkers and philosophers.
It is believed that Kim Jong Un has been found in the eastern city of Wonsan amid speculation that his health is failing.
The opposition failed to reach the 101 votes needed in the 200-member parliament to topple the cabinet, with 85 lawmakers voting no confidence in the cabinet, and 85 voting against.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half brother Kim Jong-nam was a spy for American intelligence, the Wall Street Journal reported, saying he was in Malaysia to meet his CIA handler in February 2017.
Kim and his wife were among the elite at the premiere of the games on Monday in Pyongyang, but North Korea's leader was unhappy with the event's organisers, state media said.
Emulating his late father and grandfather, who took epic train trips when they were leaders, Kim set off on the long journey from Pyongyang, with a military honour guard seeing him off in the North Korean capital.
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