Eric Zemmour threatens to upset France’s far-right order

Six months before the presidential election a poll shows newcomer could be pitted against Macron

Eric Zemmour has never been elected to public office and has not officially declared his candidacy for the presidency. However his dark rhetoric may be more in synch with the national mood than Emmanuel Macron’s chirpy optimism. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

Eric Zemmour has never been elected to public office and has not officially declared his candidacy for the presidency. However his dark rhetoric may be more in synch with the national mood than Emmanuel Macron’s chirpy optimism. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

France will choose its next president six months from Sunday, on April 24th, 2022. The re-election of Emmanuel Macron remains the most likely scenario, but the breakthrough of the presumed far right-wing candidate Eric Zemmour, who is running neck and neck with Marine Le Pen, has upset predictions of a replay of the 2017 run-off between Macron and Le Pen.

Zemmour (63) has never been elected to public office and has not officially declared his candidacy. A columnist for Le Figaro newspaper and a commentator on CNews, the French equivalent of Fox News in the US, Zemmour is the author of best-selling books which blame France’s woes on feminists, homosexuals, and Arab Muslim immigrants. He has managed to siphon off support from the mainstream right-wing party Les Républicains, as well as from Le Pen’s extreme right-wing Rassemblement National.

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