Zemmour, reacting to President Macron’s proposal to reroute newly arrived foreigners to the French countryside, argued it evinced the head of state accepts the Great Replacement and wishes to facilitate its outcomes.
The common sense argument provided by her late pregnancy allows her to withdraw from the campaign without having to justify politically her choice at length. She retains her place in the party’s organisation chart, where she holds the position of executive vice-president.
Repositioning French political forces began as soon as the results were announced. Even if the headliner is the same as in 2017, the balance of power and the political situation have radically changed.
These attacks were exploited by both parties as evidence of the current administration’s poor handling of security and immigration. Despite the spin, they actually testify to the advanced deterioration of the political climate in France: an accumulation of tensions in society, ready to flare up at any moment.
Marion Maréchal spoke of the demographic race against time that France faces, saying: “If we continue on this curve, it may be that by 2060, what is called the ‘historical people’, the natives will be a minority on French territory.”
Donald Trump is said to have confirmed Éric Zemmour’s communication strategy, which according to Trump, clinched his own victory in the United States in 2016: to maintain a clear-cut and divisive discourse without worrying about the media’s commentary.
Marine Le Pen speaks to working-class France, while Zemmour’s electorate comes from the bourgeoisie—two pieces of the same puzzle which for the moment do not manage to fit together, neither in the one nor in the other.
Some 1,000 activists, including 200 radical leftist militants, gathered around the city’s Porte de Paris monument on Saturday afternoon, before marching a few streets over to block off access to the Grand Palais, the location of Zemmour’s rally.
The founder and patriarch of the family, Jean-Marie Le Pen, chose to speak out in the political-family feud that finds his daughter and granddaughter on opposite sides. He gave his full support to Marine Le Pen for the presidential campaign.
Zemmour regularly claims in his speeches his affiliation with the former RPR, and his desire to achieve a “union of the Right.” He hopes to gather within his candidacy all the families of the French Right attached to national identity, sovereignty, a certain economic liberalism, and a (moderate) social conservatism.
The distribution of votes among the various right-wing candidates resembles a game of communicating vessels. Marine Le Pen is ploughing her own furrow. Eric Zemmour puts ‘des mots sur des maux’ (words on evils): it is what he does best. He can participate in the reconfiguration of the French right. Will he go much further?