Zemmour: French Jews slam far-right Jewish presidential hopefu

Eric Zemmour, the French far-right presidential candidate, made a career out of controversy as a provocative writer and a regular TV commentator for almost 20 years.

From 2019 until 2021, the 63-year-old hosted a daily show on the conservative channel CNews which allowed his far-right ideas about immigration and Islam to enter the mainstream.

Yet at his first official political rally on December 5, Zemmour appeared to boast about his minority background, calling himself a “little Berber Jew who came from the other side of the Mediterranean.”

Zemmour is of Jewish-Algerian descent, but his comments on Jewish history have been heavily criticised as offensive and false.

Zemmour upset many in September when he commented on a dark chapter in French history: the Vichy government’s role during the Holocaust.

In September, he reiterated a theory that he has been claiming since 2014, that “Vichy protected French Jews and gave foreign Jews away.”


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