Right-wing chat-show celebrity may alter France’s election dynamics

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Reuters

By Elizabeth Pineau TOULON, France (Reuters) – Eric Zemmour, a right-wing talk-show star who says Mohammed should be banned as a first name in France, may not yet officially be running in the 2022 presidential race but he is already unsettling confidants of President Emmanuel Macron. Zemmour, 63, who holds convictions for inciting hatred, is behaving every bit the challenger choosing his moment to act, describing himself as a “candidate in the debate” and quitting his prime-time chat-show spot to comply with electoral rules. A polarising figure who has made a career of testing the limits of po…

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