” It’s now or never “, loose Eric Zemmour, annoyed, as a last word. At the very end of his interview at TF1’s “8 p.m.”, Tuesday November 30, his first as a presidential candidate, the former journalist does not manage to hide his disappointment: he regrets not having had “Questions” on his project. It was now or never to address the French who do not watch CNews, the Bolloré channel of which he is the star, that to relaunch his campaign which is skating. “I am a candidate, my transformation is done”, he said, while he had said in a video at noon.
The exercise is a failure. Eric Zemmour did not seek to reassure his respect for the rule of law: can he be a candidate, when he has been twice convicted of inciting racial hatred? “I was convicted on the basis of a law that I consider liberticidal, and that I will propose to abolish, he replied. My freedom of opinion is in question ”. Second difficulty: its relationship to “Minorities”, referred to in his video. “I call on all Muslims to assimilate and renounce the practice of Islam, which consists of imposing a legal and political code. “ As for the women, whom he described as “Booty” at the mercy of “Civilized predators”, he replied, greatly annoyed: “It is my project that defends them the best”, rejecting the idea of a “Hypothetical white patriarchy. “
Exasperated, Eric Zemmour attacked the journalist after the interview, “A pugnacious prosecutor, in bad faith”, he said at the microphone of BFM-TV, according to who he was until calling it “Asshole”. “TF1 did not warn me of this. Mr. Bouleau did not do his job, I know the work of a journalist ”, did he declare. Usually, the interviewer, according to the polemicist, “Politely, humbly, sometimes in a larval way” …
He had, a few hours earlier, declared his candidacy in an unusual format, after endless false suspense. The video is a kind of Gaullian pastiche. In this ten-minute clip, shot two weeks ago, the far-right polemicist gravely read his text, almost never looking up, in a staging inspired by the Appeal of June 18, a huge microphone posed on a desk, in front of a dark and wooded bookcase.
Eric Zemmour spelled out his obsession with the decline of France, in a text with literary pretension, interspersed with archive images. His team did not request authorization for these extracts, which could earn him a fine of 300,000 euros per sequence: Gaumont, Studiocanal, INA, HuffPost and several personalities, amazed by this amateurism, are moved and consider prosecution. “Legal disputes” which do not concern him, swept Zemmour to TF1 – his team ensures that everything is being regularized. The nationalist candidate chose in the background the 7e Symphony by Beethoven, symbol of German romanticism, composed in homage to Austrian soldiers wounded by Napoleon’s troops – Berlin radio even broadcast the song on April 25, 1945 for Hitler’s birthday.
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