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Far-right Zemmour set to hold first rally as French presidential candidate

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PARIS (AFP) — Far-right polemicist Eric Zemmour was preparing his first political rally as an official contender for the French presidency Sunday, after last week’s controversial campaign launch.

Police and other observers fear that his rally, at an exhibition center in Villepinte north of Paris, could be marred by clashes with counter-demonstrators.

The meeting comes five days after he finally declared himself a candidate with a campaign video loaded with anti-immigrant rhetoric and doom-laden warnings about the future.

On Saturday, his team unveiled the campaign’s official slogan: “Impossible is not French,” a quote attributed to Napoleon.

Zemmour, a 63-year-old writer and political commentator on television, is counting on a strong turn-out Sunday to show he is a credible contender to unseat President Emmanuel Macron.

He has been working hard to outflank veteran far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

And as the right-wing Republicans chose moderate Valerie Pecresse as their presidential candidate Saturday, he got to work wooing those among its members who had backed a more hardline leader.

In an open letter to supporters of the Republicans’........

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