Below is a very good video from Britain’s THE TELEGRAPH investigating Zemmour’s startling ascension in France. I do not support him. During the filmed interview with the editor of the Conservative magazine, Valeurs Actuelles, the editor said that Zemmour’s ideas were “reassuring” to many people. I don’t agree; to the contrary. One of Zemmour’s role models is extreme right-wing populist Viktor Orbán, the prime minister of Hungary. He also claims, and has said so publicly many times, that during World War II, Marshall Pétain who served as Chief of State of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944 (and who collaborated with Nazi Germany), protected and saved French Jews. It was only the foreign Jews, he says, that were rounded up and sent to the camps. Not true. Why on earth would Zemmour, a Jewish man himself, say such a thing? After the war, Pétain was tried and convicted for treason.
But what does this have to do with the current problems and preoccupations of France today? Zemmour is a timewaster, has never served in any political capacity, and has no viable solutions to any pressing problems.
PROFILE (from Wikipedia) –
Born on 31 August 1958 in Montreuil, at that time in the Seine department, now part of Seine-Saint-Denis. His parents were Berber Jews from Algeria with French citizenship who came to metropolitan France during the Algerian War. He grew up first in Drancy and later in the Paris Château Rouge quarter. The son of Roger Zemmour (a paramedic) and his wife Lucette, a housewife, he has said he admires his mother and grandmother, as his father was often absent; he was raised by women “who taught [him] to be a man”.
Zemmour graduated from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris in 1979. He subsequently failed twice to gain admission to the École nationale d’administration (ÉNA). Despite his failure to gain admission to the ÉNA, his status as a political journalist allowed him to be a member of the admissions committee of the school in 2006.
Since 1982, Éric Zemmour has been married to Mylène Chichportich, a lawyer of Tunisian Jewish descent who specialized in bankruptcy law. She maintains a low media profile and never comments on her husband’s controversies. Together they have three children, two boys and a girl.
Here’s the video –
I can’t imagine that French political thought would embrace him
He’s a sideshow, and wasting everybody’s time, is my opinion.
Substantial editorial coverage in the New York Times (03DEC2021). Unusual? Perhaps. A warning? Likely.
Put him face to face in front of Emmanuel Macron for a serious debate … and Macron will crush him. Just like he did with Marine Le Pen in 2017. I’m willing to bet that by mid-2022 Zemmour will be history.