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Five ways France’s Jewish far-right presidential candidate sparks controversy

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PARIS, France (AFP) — French far-right TV pundit Eric Zemmour, who declared Tuesday he was running for president next year, has forged his reputation on controversial stances over issues including immigration, Islam and France’s identity.

AFP looks at some of his views, 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 due to racial and religious tensions caused by mass immigration.

This was the theme of his best-selling book in 2014, “Le Suicide Francais” (French Suicide), which sold more than half a million copies.

He is an advocate of the “great replacement theory” favored by white supremacists which posits that Europe is being deliberately populated by foreigners — “colonizers” in his terms — who are pushing out 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 being prosecuted for calling child asylum seekers “thieves, killers and rapists” and was convicted for saying that the reason non-white people were stopped more by the police was because “most drug dealers are black and Arab.”

Although of Algerian Jewish descent himself, Zemmour sees himself as an ultra-nationalist defender of France’s Christian heritage —........

© The Times of Israel

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