Monday, January 17

Heckling visit, middle finger, the Zemmour countryside in turmoil

(Belga) A heckled visit, without meeting, which ends with a middle finger. Far-right polemicist Eric Zemmour, who is due to announce his presidential candidacy in the coming days, ends his pre-campaign in turmoil.

An AFP photo caused a stir on Saturday after Eric Zemmour’s eventful visit to Marseille. On leaving a restaurant he had just had lunch, a passerby gave him the middle finger. The writer – who could announce his candidacy on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to several sources – responded with the same gesture by saying “and very deep”, under the amused gaze of his advisor Sarah Knafo, according to the AFP photographer who has witnessed the scene. An “instinctive gesture” that Eric Zemmour “assumes”, defends his entourage who compares this gesture to the “break yourself poor con” launched in February 2008 by President Nicolas Sarkozy to a farmer who refused his handshake. But Eric Zemmour’s entourage did not wish to answer the question of whether this gesture was presidential. “Certainly that makes someone real,” we insisted. “He told us + they insult me, they give me a finger, I answer cash +”. In 2018, commenting on RTL on the photo of a young man making a middle finger alongside President Emmanuel Macron, Eric Zemmour estimated that it was “a symbolic guillotine”. Mr. Macron “was humiliated (…) and therefore France was humiliated”, he explained. “The problem of living well together in our country is not a problem of first name. It is a problem of behavior and know how to live,” responded Hugues Renson, LREM vice-president of the National Assembly. This episode comes on top of the difficulties encountered by √Čric Zemmour at the end of his pre-campaign, which began with a conference tour resembling meetings and a survey boom which now seems to be marking time. In addition to polls that stagnate or fall (12% and 17% in the first round), rooms that have refused it as in London or Geneva, and a fragile organization criticized internally, the polemicist has failed to win. in his travels. On Friday, he got off the train in Aix-en-Provence instead of Marseille where demonstrators were waiting for him. In the afternoon, he strolled for less than 15 minutes, in the Panier district, under the cries of demonstrators: “Zemmour break, anti-racist Marseille”. His stroll on the Old Port on Saturday was canceled. Another setback, the polemicist lost this week the support of financier Charles Gave. (Belga)

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