Frances Farage Zemmour to visit UK to discuss anti-woke plan as he readies for election

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Compared to Nigel Farage, Mr Zemmour is yet to declare himself a candidate for next year’s elections. But according to Politico, he will be travelling to London to meet some Tory MPs, though the identity of the latter is still unknown.

The right-wing commentator whose surge in popularity and incendiary rhetoric on Islam and immigration are shaping France’s presidential election campaign, is due in court today on charges of inciting racial hatred.

The case relates to remarks that Zemmour, who has not officially declared his candidacy for the April, 2022, vote, made last year when he called unaccompanied child migrants “thieves, killers and rapists”.

Zemmour’s lawyer Olivier Pardo said opponents were seeking to stir up a ‘trial by public opinion’ and that the charges against the writer, 63, were unfounded.

“He’s wanted for ‘racial hate’ but as far as I know an unaccompanied minor is neither a race, nor a nation, nor an ethnicity,” Pardo told RMC radio.

A polarising figure who has made a career pushing the bounds of political correctness, Zemmour has eaten into the voter base of both the more established far-right Rassemblement National party of Marine Le Pen and the mainstream conservative right.

Some opinion polls show him edging ahead of Le Pen in the race for a place in the second-round runoff vote.

Challengers for the traditional centre-right party’s nomination have responded by toughening their language on immigration and identity.

France’s broadcasting regulator in March handed a 200,000 euro fine to right-wing broadcaster CNews which aired Zemmour’s migrant comments.

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During the September, 2020 CNews debate, Zemmour said of unaccompanied child migrants: “They’ve no reason being here, they are thieves, they are killers, they are rapists, that’s all they do, they should be sent back.”

Pardo said Zemmour would not attend the trial because he didn’t want the court to become a “political arena”.

Last week, the TV star told BFM that an organisation had been set up that is preparing a possible bid.

He said: “I’ve always been in politics, I still am more than ever before.

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“Everything is ready. All I have to do is decide and push the button. I decide when and how.

“There are a lot of people who want me to be a presidential candidate, a lot of people who want me to be President of the Republic.

“I will not let these people down.

“I want to choose my moment, I want to choose my date, I want to choose the way I will say it, so it’s just me who will decide.”

An Ifop-Fiducial poll for newspaper Le Figaro and TV station LCI, published by BFM TV, showed Zemmour would win 17 percent of the first-round vote, well behind Macron with 25 percent but just ahead of Le Pen on 16 percent, with conservative Xavier Bertrand garnering 13 percent support if he wins the primary for the Les Republicains party.

For more than a year, polls have shown Rassemblement National party leader Marine Le Pen easily making it into the second round, setting her up for a repeat of the 2017 election, when she won 21.3 percent of the votes in round one but lost to Macron’s 66.1 percent in round two.

But last month two polls showed Mr Zemmour jumping into second place for the first time ahead of Ms Le Pen, whose RN party has dominated the French far-right for decades.

An October 6 Harris Interactive poll showed the talk-show host winning 17 percent in round one, up four points on a late September poll and ahead of Le Pen’s 15 percent.

An October 22 poll by Ipsos Sopra Steria also put Mr Zemmour in the run-off vote, with 16-16.5 percent in round one vs 15-16 percent for Ms Le Pen.

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