Eric Zemmour

Violence erupts at Éric Zemmour's first political rally in France

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Fights broke out between supporters of the polemicist and anti-racism protesters as he set out his 'zero immigration' vision for France.

Far-right pundit Éric Zemmour to run for French president

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The polemicist is trying to re-energize campaign after recent stumbles and a slide in the polls. 

French far-right polemicist gives 'the finger' on campaign tour

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Far-right polemicist Éric Zemmour, who is forecast to announce this week he is standing in France's 2022 presidential elections,  has admittted he was 'inelegant' in returning a middle-finger gesture to a woman during his campaigning in Marseille, when he joined the gesture with the comment, 'and very deep'.

Far-right puts Dreyfus affair into spotlight in French election race

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As French President Emmanuel Macron opens a museum dedicated to the exonerated Jewish soldier, ultra-nationalists like maverick far-right polemicist and expected candidate in next year's presidential elections, Éric Zemmour, again question his innocence.

France's ultra-right desert Le Pen for maverick presidential hopeful Éric Zemmour

France— Analysis

French far-right doyenne Marine Le Pen, who just months ago appeared in the running to reach the final, second-round play-off in next April’s presidential elections, is now facing a serious challenge for her electoral turf from a maverick presidential contender, the polemicist and TV pundit Éric Zemmour. While he has no party structure behind him, he is increasingly backed by the ultra-right and its ideologues, who feel betrayed by Le Pen’s attempts to purge her party’s more outspoken extremists and paper over its racist image. “I don’t care about demonization,” says fervently anti-Islam Zemmour who, despite his Jewish origins, has garnered the support of notorious anti-Semites. Lucie Delaporte reports.

Undeclared far-right presidential candidate Zemmour holds 'book' rally

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Éric Zemmour, a far-right French polemicist and media commentator, who is widely tipped to announce his candidature for next year's presidential elections in which opinion polls suggest he would rival the traditional far-right candidate, on Friday held what had all the appearance of a campaign rally but which was officially to present his recent book.

Paris Match editor ousted by media tycoon Bolloré

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Hervé Gattegno, editor of Paris Match magazine and weekly newspaper Le JDD, has been sacked by Vincent Bolloré, the media tycoon who owns the publications, in a move precipitated by photos that embarassed far-right essayist  Éric Zemmour, another Bolloré employee, who is expected to run for the French presidency in elections next year. 

Far-right TV host Zemmour overtakes Le Pen in French polls

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New figures suggest commentator and polemicist Éric Zemmour would qualify for the second round in the election runoff next spring.

Far-right journalist Zemmour quits French TV show amid election rumours

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Éric Zemmour is about to begin a book tour, but has not yet announced his candidacy for presidential elections in April 2022. 

French commentator Éric Zemmour accused of sexual violence against women

France— Investigation

On April 24th 2021 a female councillor publicly accused French journalist and polemicist Éric Zemmour of having forcibly kissed her. Mediapart has gathered the accounts of several other women who have also condemned the actions and behaviour of the journalist from Le Figaro newspaper and CNews news channel, whom some on the far-right want to be a candidate in next year's presidential election in France. When approached by Mediapart, Zemmour declined to respond to the allegations. Lénaïg Bredoux, David Perrotin and Marine Turchi report.

Historian Robert Paxton talks Trump, French polemicist Éric Zemmour and fascism

International— Interview

When the French language version of his book 'Vichy France' appeared in 1973, the American historian Robert Paxton opened French eyes to the Vichy regime's collaboration with the Nazis in World War II. At the age of 87 he remains one of the most knowledgable people about fascism. Mediapart spoke with the emeritus professor at Columbia University about Donald Trump, nostalgia for the wartime era of Vichy president Marshal Philippe Pétain, and the spectre of a return to the 1930s. Mathieu Magnaudeix reports from New York.

French polemicist says those with Arab first names are 'less French'

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Right-wing commentator Eric Zemmour said choice by ex-minister of North African origin to give her daughter an Arab name was 'outragious' and that those with names like Zinedine Zidane were 'less French' than himself.

Sacking of Islamophobic French TV political commentator sparks free-speech row

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Right and Left denounce sacking of right-wing polemicist Eric Zemmour by French TV channel i-Télé for reported Islamophobic comments.

French right-wing media pundit and polemicist in ‘Muslim deportation’ row

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Eric Zemmour, a controversial political commentator, is being sued for incitement of racial hatred over comments published in the Italian press.

France's 'new reactionaries'

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A loose group of writers and thinkers with radical-right and far-right views on French national identity and decline are gaining media limelight.