About: Eric Zemmour

Elections 13-06-2022

French elections: far-right makes gains, suffers from majority voting system

The far-right bloc dominated by Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National, made some gains in the French parliamentary elections on Sunday (12 June) but will struggle to win seats in the second round (19 June) partly due to the voting system. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 12-04-2022

Yellow Vest voters favour Le Pen’s presidential candidacy

Far-right French electoral candidate Marine Le Pen is the favourite candidate of the Yellow Vest protest movement, a study published a day after the election's first round has found. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 08-04-2022

French presidential candidates vary in approach to declining farmer numbers

Over the next decade, 45% of French farmers will retire, presenting a significant challenge for the next president regarding food self-sufficiency and generational renewal. EURACTIV France reports.
Energy 06-04-2022

Solar energy neglected in French candidates’ green transition plans

The development of solar energy is unlikely to change much in France in the next five years, as the presidential candidates have not made it a priority.
Elections 05-04-2022

Narrowing gap between Macron and Le Pen in French polls rouses concern

In the latest French presidential election polls, the gap between Emmanuel Macron and opponent Marine Le Pen is narrowing, despite optimism from the incumbent's camp at a recent campaign meeting.
Elections 04-04-2022

French candidates disagree on retirement age, unified on pension raise

Candidates in the French presidential race all have a clear position on whether to keep, reduce or raise the current legal retirement age - a topic that has been a major source of political debate in France for decades. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 29-03-2022

French candidates almost unified in calls for reduction in inheritance tax

Raising the threshold of relief from inheritance tax is one of the very few measures all candidates in the French presidential elections agree on, although they vary in their amounts proposed. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 28-03-2022

In Guadeloupe, Le Pen faces violence she thought belonged to the past

Marine Le Pen, the far-right French presidential candidate, was forcefully challenged when she visited the French West Indies over the weekend (26-27 March). EURACTIV France reports.
Agrifood 25-03-2022

French candidates’ views on EU farming policies explained

Candidates in the French presidential elections presented their plans for the future of farming at February's international agricultural show, the Salon de l'Agriculture. EURACTIV France took a closer look at how these tie in with EU policy.
Elections 16-03-2022

French presidential candidates divided on granting Corsica autonomy

The French state is in favour of "going as far as autonomy" for Corsica, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said Wednesday (16 March) to which most presidential candidates, but for those on the far-right, said they were in favour of. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 15-03-2022

No French election campaign website is fully GDPR-compliant

French campaign websites fail to meet EU personal data protection standards, with President Emmanuel Macron's - who recently announced his re-election run - performing the worst. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 15-03-2022

Macron’s rivals bemoan lack of debate ahead of first election round

With the presidential elections less than a month away, a proper debate between candidates is yet to occur, with some even refusing to do so before the first round of voting. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 09-03-2022

French candidates turn to legislatives as Macron heavily leads polls

Candidates in the French presidential elections seem to have already accepted defeat as French President Emmanuel Macron who recently announced his candidacy is leading in the polls and the war in Ukraine has cast a shadow on most issues. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 02-03-2022

Ukraine crisis used as political tool in French election race

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has become a heated talking point amongst French presidential candidates, who are racing to position themselves on the crisis in the lead up to the polls. EURACTIV France reports.
Europe's East 24-02-2022

French candidates condemn Russia as Macron speaks of European ‘unity’

French politicians, including all candidates in the presidential race, unanimously condemned Russia's military strike against Ukraine on Thursday (24 February). President Emmanuel Macron said that Europe will respond "in unity" to Russia’s “act of war”. EURACTIV France reports.
Europe's East 22-02-2022

French presidential candidates divided over response to Russia-Ukraine crisis

As tensions run high between the West and Russia over the situation along the Ukrainian border, EURACTIV France analyses the positions of April's presidential election candidates on Moscow.
Elections 16-02-2022

Elections 2022: France’s two far-right camps explained

France's far-right parties have never been so powerful in the polls as they are now, yet the wars being waged within the two biggest camps risk jeopardising the chances of their candidates reaching the second round in the presidential elections. EURACTIV France looks into what distinguishes their electorates.
Elections 08-02-2022

French presidential candidates look to working class for votes

Three French presidential candidates carried out a large seduction operation over the weekend aimed at the working-class, the largest in numbers but least mobilised at the ballot box. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 20-01-2022

Zemmour presents anti-immigration EU vision similar to Le Pen’s

Éric Zemmour, the fiery far-right candidate in the French presidential elections, chose to clarify his anti-immigration-focused vision of Europe in Calais. While he will not advocate for Frexit, he will try to renegotiate the Schengen agreement, and "if necessary" withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.
Global Europe 01-01-2022

Macron takes EU reins as election looms

France takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union on Saturday (1 January), affording President Emmanuel Macron the chance to pose as the EU's de facto leader in the run-up to national elections in April.
Future EU 13-12-2021

Macron’s presidential challenger Pécresse would say ‘non’ to federal EU

The conservative candidate who has emerged as Emmanuel Macron's most serious challenger for next year's presidential election kicked off her campaign on Saturday (11 December) by announcing she would resist German calls for a federal European superstate.
Elections 06-12-2021

Zemmour promises ‘reconquest’ at huge Paris rally

French far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour promised on Sunday (5 December) a “reconquest” against decades of decline at his first political rally, as scuffles with anti-racism protesters broke out on its fringes. “If I win this election, it won’t be...
Elections 02-12-2021

Pécresse emerges as favourite to win French centre-right’s presidential ticket

Valérie Pécresse, a veteran politician who served as minister under former President Nicolas Sarkozy, will go into a runoff as favourite to be picked as the centre-right Les Républicains’ candidate in the French presidential election in April. Pécresse will face...
Elections 15-10-2021

Macron’s secret campaign team points to conservative battle ahead

French President Emmanuel Macron is building an election campaign machine stacked with former conservative insiders, because he has realised he needs to win over more centre-right voters to secure a second term next year.