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Éric Zemmour, Far-Right Pundit, Makes French Presidential Run Official

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His newest ebook, “France Has Not Said Its Last Word Yet,” which he launched in September to mark his unofficial entry into the presidential race, has offered greater than 250,000 copies.

But a few of his books have contained incendiary statements about ladies and minorities, in addition to historic inaccuracies in the midst of efforts to clear France of wrongdoing in a number of the worst episodes of its previous, together with in World War II and Algeria’s battle for independence from France.

Mr. Zemmour’s 2014 finest vendor, “French Suicide,” sought to rebut the historic consensus that Vichy, France’s collaborationist authorities, was answerable for the infamous roundup of Jews throughout World War II.

Mr. Zemmour is the son of oldsters from Algeria, and he types himself as a defender of France’s Christian civilization in opposition to the affect of Muslim immigrants. But he himself is Jewish, and his repeated makes an attempt to rehabilitate the Vichy authorities, and its chief, Marshal Philippe Pétain, have cut up France’s Jewish group.

Mr. Zemmour has additionally excelled as a right-wing tv pundit deploying virulent nationalist, anti-immigrant rhetoric. In 2019, he joined CNews, a Fox-style information community, which offered a platform for him to precise his concepts to a whole bunch of 1000’s of viewers throughout prime time.

Mr. Zemmour has skilled a fast rise within the polls over the previous few months, fueled by feverish media protection of a tour for his newest ebook, however he has stumbled in current days.

Several supporters, together with a key French financier who had lent cash to Mr. Zemmour, have distanced themselves, describing his marketing campaign as amateurish. Recent marketing campaign stops have additionally forged doubt on his capacity to deal with the challenges and pressures of the marketing campaign path.