Far-right expert Zemmour is preparing to announce his candidacy for the French presidency on Tuesday
French far-right expert Eric Zemmour will announce his presidential candidacy, a member of his entourage told AFP on Monday, after recent polls showed his popularity was waning after a few turbulent weeks.
“A message to the French will be broadcast on our social networks” Tuesday around noon, before Zemmour is on TF1 television, said the source.
Several members of his entourage started tweeting using the hashtag #Zemmourcandidat (candidate Zemmour).
An intense campaign had left little doubt about Zemmour’s intention to run in the 2022 election and some polls had suggested he could qualify for a run-off against President Emmanuel Macron.
But tensions are mounting in the Zemmour camp, the latest polls suggesting that the support of the far-right commentator is starting to wane in favor of the traditional flag-bearer of the far-right, Marine Le Pen.
On Saturday, Zemmour gave a middle finger to a passer-by while he was in the south of the city of Marseille – in response to the passer-by making the same gesture – in an exchange captured by a photographer from the AFP.
Zemmour, 63, gained notoriety as a commentator for his strident attacks on Islam and immigration.
It is due to hold its first official campaign meeting on Sunday morning in Paris – anti-fascists and unions have already pledged to organize a “Silence Zemmour” demonstration at 1 pm (noon GMT) in the French capital.
There had been speculation that his candidacy could be announced in the coming days before Zemmour gave a big speech in Paris on December 5.
Macron has yet to declare his candidacy, but is expected to do so early next year.
The traditional right The Republicans must announce its candidate at a convention on December 4.
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