On the 5th of February, Socialist front runner Jean-Luc Melenchon utilized the Musion3D Telepresence solution to kick off his campaign appearing in the flesh in Lyon and as a three-dimensional spectre in suburban Paris at the same time. Delivering his address in front of two live audiences in this way is a World first.

#JLMHologramme started trending shortly after Melenchon’s official Twitter account announced that 60 000 people were following the event live on Facebook and Twitter.

Tech fan Mélenchon says the hologram should be an “occasion to discover what everyone knows: That when the human spirit invents, when no conditions of skin colour, religion or gender are placed upon it, well, the imagination unleashes itself and shares knowledge.”