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Jewish far-right pundit Zemmour launches French presidential bid

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PARIS, France (AFP) — French far-right media pundit Eric Zemmour announced on Tuesday that he will run for president in next year’s election, adding his controversial and fiercely anti-immigration voice to the field of challengers seeking to unseat President Emmanuel Macron.

Seen by critics as an unapologetic racist but admired by supporters as a champion of traditional French values, Zemmour surged in polls in recent months, though there have been signs this early momentum is starting to slow.

His declaration came hours before the right-wing Republicans (LR) hold their final TV debate ahead of a congress to choose their candidate over the weekend, with the outline of the April 2022 field now finally taking shape.

“I have decided to take our destiny in my hands. I have decided to run in the presidential election,” Zemmour said in a YouTube video heavy on anti-immigrant warnings and pledges to restore the country’s grandeur on the world stage.

“It is no longer the time to reform France, but to save it,” Zemmour said, claiming that many voters “no longer recognize your country.”

Denouncing the “decline and decadence” of France, he said that Macron promised to be something new but turned out just to be a “synthesis of his predecessors.”

The official announcement by Zemmour, dubbed by some “France’s Trump,” suggests he believes he has the financing and backing to dislodge Macron and outshine veteran........

© The Times of Israel

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