Eric Zemmour? “He’s a distress profiteer. He is an embodiment of the spirit of defeat ”, attacked the government spokesperson, Gabriel Attal, on September 7, in an interview with World. He “Is one of those who bet on the decline” of France by a speech “Catastrophist and negative”, adds the Prime Minister, Jean Castex, three days earlier, on France 2. Since the desire of the polemicist to run for the presidential election of 2022 asserts itself a little more every day, the macronists have decided to move on to the offensive, without delay, against the chronicler.
While some analysts believe that a candidacy of Mr. Zemmour could weaken that of Marine Le Pen, and thus promote the re-election of Emmanuel Macron, the faithful of the head of state, them, remain on their guard. There is no question of rejoicing at the irruption into the political game of this follower of shock formulas on television sets, condemned for “insult and incitement to hatred”, on the grounds that he would essentially take votes on the right and at the National Rally (RN). Several majority officials underline the deleterious effect that this advocate of far-right theses could play on the tone of the coming months of the campaign.
“Eric Zemmour lowers the debate in what is worse, laments the leader of the deputies La République en Marche (LRM), Christophe Castaner. By putting his obsessions in the public space, he wants to force everyone to react. Once in two, his references are wrong but it doesn’t matter to him, what he wants is to distill his message. ” Same observation from LRM’s delegate general, Stanislas Guerini: “A political debate pulled from below because of Eric Zemmour’s obsessions would not be good for any Republican candidate. If we stick to the subjects that are in his head, it could be a black campaign. “
“Emotionally Based” Speech
How to campaign against an opponent who has only the subjects of Islam and immigration to the mouth, while Mr. Macron, he intends to enhance his economic and social record, his educational measures or put forward his European convictions? “The risk is that Zemmour locks us into nauseating debates”, grimaces someone close to the Head of State. “The president’s rational dialectic, which is by nature a complex expression, is found in the face of Zemmour’s brutal discourse, based on the emotional”, analyzes M. Castaner.
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