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Far-Right Journalist With Conviction For Inciting Hatred Announces French Presidential Run

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Far-Right commentator Eric Zemmour has announced that he will be running in France’s 2022 presidential election.

The announcement follows weeks of speculation that the ex-journalist had political ambitions.

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In a video posted to social media today, November 30, Zemmour, 63, announced his political plans, making him a top contender to go up against Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally.

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He said:

For a long time I was happy with the role of journalist … but I no longer trust that a politician will have the courage to save the country from the tragic fate that awaits it.

That’s why I have decided to stand in the presidential election.

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‘We must give back the power to the people, take it back from minorities that oppress the majority,’ he added.

In France, Zemmour has been compared to Donald Trump and has made divisive comments on immigration.

The pundit recently made headlines for sticking his middle finger up to a member of the public while on a two-day visit to Marseille.

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The polarising figure has since lost high-profile support and his popularity has declined in opinion polls following his recent controversies.

Despite this, the April election result is far from set, with a spokesperson for Friends of Eric Zemmour writing in an email: ‘so far, it was a warm-up. The real race begins’.

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Shola Lee

Shola Lee began her journalism career while studying for her undergraduate degree at Queen Mary, University of London and Columbia University in New York. She has written for the Columbia Spectator, QM Global Bloggers, CUB Magazine, UniDays, and Warner Brothers' Wizarding World Digital. Recently, Shola took part in the 2021 BAFTA Crew and BBC New Creatives programme before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news, trending stories, and features.

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    French far-right pundit Eric Zemmour announces presidential bid