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PARIS, France (AFP) – Far-right French television expert Eric Zemmour, who said on Tuesday he was next year’s presidential candidate, has built a reputation for controversial positions on issues such as immigration, Islam and the identity of France.

AFP reconsiders some of his comments, which have led to numerous police investigations for hate speech and several convictions:


One of the central ideas of Zemmour’s rhetoric is that France is heading for civil war because of the racial and religious tensions caused by mass immigration.

This was the theme of his 2014 bestseller, “Le Suicide Français”, which has sold over half a million copies.

He is a proponent of the white supremacist “great replacement theory” which postulates that Europe is deliberately populated by foreigners – “colonizers” in his words – who drive out the natives.

“The great replacement is neither a myth nor a conspiracy, but a relentless process,” he wrote in his latest book published this year.

He is prosecuted for calling child asylum seekers “thieves, killers and rapists” and was convicted of saying that the reason non-whites were arrested more by the police was that “most of the traffickers of drugs are black and Arab ”.


Although himself of Algerian Jewish descent, Zemmour sees himself as an ultra-nationalist defender of France’s Christian heritage – against the imposition of what he sees as Islamic values ​​and culture.

He regularly says that “Islam is incompatible with the French republic,” and he makes no distinction between practicing French Muslims and Islamists, who seek to impose their religion on the rest of society.

Screenshot of a video of French far-right media specialist Eric Zemmour delivering a speech to announce his candidacy for the 2022 presidential election in a video posted on social media in Paris on November 30, 2021. (Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Last January, he spoke in favor of “re-migration” and the idea of ​​“returning immigrants who do not assimilate”, although he ruled out the expulsion of naturalized French people from foreign origin.

He caused an uproar by expressing his “respect” for the jihadists who attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in 2015.

“I respect people who are ready to die for what they believe in, something we are no longer able to do,” he said in an interview with Causeur magazine in October 2016.


Zemmour’s 2006 book “Le premier sexe” helped make a name for himself in France when he was a journalist for Le Figaro newspaper.

The overtly sexist text argued that much of the social ills and decline of France could be attributed to the “feminization” of society and the loss of male “virility”.

In addition to advocating for prostitution and blaming women for too much shopping, he criticized feminists for their campaign to rid society of sexual violence.

He returned to the subject in “French Suicide”, saying he regretted that “before feminism”, a bus driver could “slip a concupiscent hand over a desirable female ass” without risking prosecution for sexual harassment.

As for women leaders, they “do not express power, they do not embody it. The power evaporates when they arrive, ”he told BFM in 2013.

The Second World War

Zemmour has been accused by historians and Holocaust survivors of attempting to rehabilitate the disgraced French Vichy regime during World War II, which collaborated with the Nazis after the occupation of France in 1940.

In “French Suicide,” he argued that the leader of the French collaborationist regime, Philippe Pétain, had tried to save French Jews by deporting foreign Jews instead.

“I’m saying Vichy protected French Jews and handed over foreign Jews,” he told CNews in September this year, as archival documents showed Pétain himself calling for changes to harden an anti-Semitic law.

French far-right media specialist Eric Zemmour poses before a televised debate in Paris, September 23, 2021 (Bertrand Guay, Pool Photo via AP)

Zemmour says that one of his fights is against “repentance” and “telling the French that they are guilty all the time”.

Homosexual rights

Zemmour says he respects the right of individuals to make their own sexual choices in private but has described himself as an “opponent” of what he calls the “gay lobby” and an advocate of the “heterosexual norm”.

He fiercely opposed same-sex marriage when it was legalized by the former socialist government in 2013 and opposed the extension of fertility treatment to lesbian couples under a law passed by parliament. earlier this year.

On CNews, in October 2019, he called homosexuality a “choice” and spoke out against extending IVF to same-sex couples.

“We are facing the tantrums of a small minority who have influence over the state and subjugate it for its own benefit,” he said in 2019.


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