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Éric Zemmour: Phone Call with Donald Trump

Presidential candidate Éric Zemmour revealed on Monday, February 14th, that he had a telephone conversation with former U.S. President Donald Trump. 

The exchange was “long and warm” according to the terms of Éric Zemmour’s official statement.

Donald Trump is said to have encouraged Éric Zemmour in his communication strategy: “To win, never change your line. The media will find you brutal, never change if you want to win, keep your authenticity and your courage,” the American politician said, according to a report by Zemmour’s teams. According to Trump, he clinched his own victory in the United States in 2016 by maintaining a clear-cut and divisive discourse without worrying about the media’s commentary. 

But American opinion is not French opinion, and it is not certain that Trump’s tactics are as directly and easily transposable.

According to the newspaper L’Opinion, the exchange lasted 32 minutes. There was a translator on the French side, as Éric Zemmour understands English but does not speak it well. 

The exchange between Donald Trump and Éric Zemmour is good news for Reconquête members, even if Trump has not formally given his support to the French candidate. Yet this international support may have the effect of worrying a part of the French right-wing electorate, and in particular a fringe of the Les Républicains bourgeoisie, which has never much appreciated Donald Trump’s style and excesses. The twists and turns of the American election and the accusations of election rigging were shared by only a small minority of French opinion—some of those people forming a decisive group among the activists defending Zemmour’s candidacy today.

According to Éric Zemmour, the former American president shares the same political project with him, namely to make their respective countries “great again.” “If I am elected president, I would love it if we could work together to bring our two countries closer together,” Zemmour told his interviewer.

Hélène de Lauzun studied at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris. She taught French literature and civilization at Harvard and received a Ph.D. in History from the Sorbonne. She is the author of Histoire de l’Autriche (Perrin, 2021).

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