Agence France-Presse reports:
A poll in France suggested on Wednesday for the first time that far-right pundit Eric Zemmour would qualify for the second round of next year’s presidential election and eclipse traditional far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
Some 17-18 percent of voters told Harris Interactive polling they would vote for Zemmour in the first round, compared with 15-16 percent for Le Pen.
This would mean he would advance to a second-round with President Emmanuel Macron, who was credited with 24-27 percent of voter intentions in the first round, set to be held on April 10.
Zemmour, a writer and TV pundit sometimes compared to Tucker Carlson, was convicted in 2009 of inciting racial hatred and is an advocate of the “Great Replacement” theory popular among white supremacists — has yet to enter the race, but took a leave of absence from the French equivalent of Fox News.
He’s been an intellectual reference point for the far-right for many years on issues like national identity and gender roles, says Célia Belin of the Brookings Institution. “He’s very bright, he’s very knowledgeable, he has a passion for history, and like a good ideologue, he tweaks history to serve his own arguments.”
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) October 6, 2021
🇫🇷 A new poll released on Wednesday has sent shock waves across the country. Far-right essayist Éric Zemmour has polled at 17% for the upcoming elections, placing him second in the run for the Elysée and ahead of Marine Le Pen. Magdalena Pistorius reports.https://t.co/CrU3TH4LRz
— EURACTIV (@EURACTIV) October 7, 2021