Jean-Luc Melenchon, president of the Left Party in France, wants people to know that Assassin’s Creed Unity presents an inaccurate picture of the French Revolution. According to the lengthy tirade he gave on France Inter Radio, Melenchon is most concerned that Ubisoft’s open world videogame portrays King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette as victims of Robbespierre’s monstrous schemes, while heroes of the Revolution are painted as maniacs or co-conspirators of shadowy cabals.
“It is propaganda against the people, the people who are made to be barbarians, bloodthirsty savages. In 1789 there were the poor aristocrats, and they are presented as fine upstanding people.”
Melenchon said the game’s mischaracterization of revolutionary figures is a mode of thought shared with his far-right political opponents. He made no mention of how the modern-day threat from Abstergo, the Assassins, or the plot to collect MacGuffin alien artifacts impacts France’s current political landscape.