Former French Politician Blasts Assassin’s Creed Unity

Ex-French minister and former presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon has attacked Assassin’s Creed Unity’s depiction of the French Revolution as being a “travesty”. The Telegraph explains Left Party founder Mélenchon made the complaints during a French radio interview, in which his main complaints center on the positive characterization of figures like the “treacherous” King Louis XVI and his wife, “that cretin” Marie Antoinette, who “is celebrated as a poor little rich girl” in Assassin’s Creed Unity.

“It is propaganda against the people, the people who are (portrayed as) barbarians, bloodthirsty savages,” he added. “In 1789 there were the poor aristocrats, and they are presented as fine upstanding people. And 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”.

Robespierre has long been a controversial figure, with opposing historians labeling him a passionate spokesperson for the downtrodden, or a dictator who callously ordered the mass executions of anyone he suspected of being disloyal.

Mélenchon concluded his complaints by saying Assassin’s Creed 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)”.

Best known for being Minister of Vocational Education from 2000 to 2002 and then an MEP, Mélenchon finished fourth in France’s 2012 presidential election with 11 percent of the vote. This isn’t the first time that Assassin’s Creed Unity has made the headlines in the last couple of weeks; and not in a good way. Since Assassin’s Creed Unity was released, a number of glitches have been reported, and many of these have rendered the game almost unplayable. Some of the glitches, which Ubisoft are currently trying to fix, include:

  • Arno falling through the ground.
  • Game crashing when joining a co-op session.
  • Arno getting caught inside of hay carts.
  • Delay in reaching the main menu screen at game start.
  • Frame rate issues.
  • Graphical and collision issues.
  • Matchmaking co-op issues.
  • Helix Credits issues.