15 Sep. 2021 15:08 o’clock
Éric Zemmour, an ultra-conservative journalist convicted of “racial hatred” on several occasions, is likely to stand in the upcoming French presidential elections. In an interview with the broadcaster “RTL”, he explained what he plans to do if he wins an election.
Presidential elections will take place in France in 2022. And already now, some of Emmanuel Macron’s potential challengers are getting into position. Including the ultra-conservative journalist Éric Zemmour, who has not yet officially announced his candidacy, but has at least now announced that he could imagine his candidacy. When asked when he would announce his candidacy, Zemmour told the broadcaster France 2 on Tuesday only:
“I can maintain the ambiguity as long as it is in my best interest (…) I choose my moment. I choose the moment.”
Ambiguity is a good keyword when it comes to the biography of the 63-year-old journalist. Zemmour, who comes from a Jewish-Algerian family, is vehemently committed to a “Catholic France”. He uses Poland as a role model, which he believes is the most consistent in defending Catholicism today. His ultra-conservatism is accompanied by an open aversion to Islam. On October 30, 2014, he gave the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera already an interview in which he described the French Muslims as “one people among the people”. When asked by the Italian journalist whether he was proposing to “deport five million French Muslims”, Zemmour said that while this was “unrealistic”, “the story is full of surprises”.
“A New Hitler-Stalin Pact”
For Zemmour, “progressivism” and “Islam” are the two “totalitarian” forces that threaten France:
“We live under the rule of a new Hitler-Stalin pact. Our two totalitarianisms have come together to destroy us before they tear each other to pieces.”
Zemmour was repeatedly dragged to court for such statements and twice convicted of “racial hatred”. Now, in the run-up to his possible candidacy for the presidential election, Zemmour stepped up one more time. Last Saturday he declared that he wanted to ban Muslim names – should he be elected.
“To be called Mohamed is a disaster because it is an object of discrimination.”
Only a few days later, he extended the request for a ban on the broadcaster RTL also to other “foreign names”. It was also a mistake to allow names like “Kevin” or “Jordan”. In current polls, Zemmour only got around eight percent – and yet these votes could also be missing from Marine Le Pen from the Rassemblement National in the right-wing camp in order to be eligible for a possible runoff election.
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