For a number of weeks, Eric Zemmour has been on the forefront of the media scene. Relating to East-West relations and the destiny of Europe, the previous editorialist from Le Figaro systematically espouses the views of Mélenchon-Le Pen, to such an extent that Franz-Olivier Giesbert, [who also wrote in Le Figaro], considers that “sovereignism (of Zemmour), this Gaullism of fools, just isn’t worthy of him”. (Le Figaro, February 24, 2011).
Putin, this “statesman”
Putin by no means arouses the slightest reservation in Zemmour, who sees in him a statesman : he’s haloed, no matter he does, by an absolute admiration. Thus, Zemmour considers that Putin “has restored the state, (…) stepped in because the final defender of the Christians of the East”, that he “exalts the Russian character of the nation (…), defends nationwide sovereignty, the household and the Orthodox faith”, in contrast to French politicians. (Le Figaro journal, August 30, 2013).
In 2013, Zemmour proclaimed Putin “man of the 12 months”, as solely he has given political asylum to Edward Snowden, “the person who revealed the loopy actuality of American espionage” (Éric Zemmour, Un quinquennat pour rien, Albin Michel, 2013, p. 180). For this would-be presidential candidate, “Putin just isn’t a risk to France and England” (ibid., p. 269). And, predictably, he applauds, on the finish of the 2016 main, the designation of Fillon for prefering “the charms of the Russian alliance, and the dialogue with Iran, Assad’s Syria” and figuring out “how one can distance himself from the pro-American West” (Le Figaro journal, Nov. 4, 2016.).
No marvel Zemmour pays a tribute to Oliver Stone’s e book Conversations with Putin, in Le Figaro, Nov. 2, 2017, when Stone is taken into account an agent of the Russian authorities and his son is employed by the Russia Immediately channel. This is similar Stone, a fervent admirer of Assange, Snowden and, extra lately, Castro and Chavez, who openly calls America “probably the most harmful state on the planet” (Le Progrès, 19 Sept. 2021), whereas “Russia is doing the remainder of the world a favor” (Valeurs actuelles, 2 Nov. 2017).
Zemmour celebrates Stone and his “sensible and implacable evaluation of NATO, which has no legitimacy for the reason that fall of the Soviet Union and is on the lookout for an enemy to outlive and perpetuate American hegemony”. For Zemmour, Stone’s e book “has overtones reminding of De Gaulle” (Le Figaro, 2 Nov. 2017).
Shortly after the annexation of Crimea, Zemmour proposed a “Russian alliance, the one technique to kill each the parable of federal Europe and to lastly break free from the American protectorate.” (Le Figaro journal, 20 Feb. 2015.) He additionally refuses to sentence the Russian bombings in Syria since — one can admire the parallel — “the People did nothing else through the Second World Struggle to defeat Germany and Japan.” (Ibid, 14 Oct. 2016.) Predictably he calls himself not a Marxist however a “Marxian”, “Marx having made, in keeping with him, probably the most clever evaluation of globalized capitalism that has ever been written” (Eric Brunet, L’obsession gaulliste, Albin Michel, 2016, p. 266.)?
Eric Zemmour in « C à vous », 2014 // France 5, screenshot
America, mom of all vices
Opposite to a few of his followers, our profitable creator doesn’t set up a false parallel between Russia and America, described as two states with the identical practices, the identical objectives, the identical strategies. No, America alone is our arch enemy, Zemmour going so far as justifying the annexation of Crimea, the CIA — an odd comparability — having “fomented quite a few coups d’état in South America” (Le Figaro journal, March 14, 2014). Following his reasoning, Moscow has the precise to behave badly as Washington has carried out the identical.
Zemmour shares the paranoid view of Russia being surrounded, “the People,” he insists, “are pursuing the identical coverage of locking up Russia” (Ibid.). If Ukraine had joined NATO, it will have been a severe risk to Moscow (Le Figaro journal, 20 Feb. 2015).
Zemmour’s Americanophobia is so overwhelming that Franz-Olivier Giesbert puzzled in an editorial about his “compulsive anti-Americanism, which leads him in charge every part on the US,” a type of “maurrasso-leftist or lepeno-Marxist doxa” (Le Level, 13 Nov. 2014).
Zemmour accuses the US of financing jihadist actions, “it’s America that , by means of the motion of its secret providers and NGOs financed by Wall Avenue magnates, orchestrated the color revolutions which infuriated China” (one is reminded of Marchais, chief of the French communist celebration within the Eighties!). Thus Zemmour has no qualms to espouse Beijing’s facet towards Washington (Le Figaro, Might 12, 2016.). Furthermore, he deplores German reunification, which, in keeping with him, is the only real work of President George H.W. Bush (Le Figaro journal, April 29, 2016), implementing his vindictive coverage; “Nato, this gendarme of the West that meddles in world affairs”. In accordance with Zemmour, who denounces NATO’s involvement within the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the Alliance ought to have disappeared with the autumn of the USSR.
In his view, “the American providers have reinvented a Russian enemy within the individual of Putin, who had the audacity to not undergo American diktats” (ibid.). There may be hardly a single considered one of his papers during which he doesn’t assault America, America alone. He praises Régis Debray for having uncovered America’s abject coverage, in making France and Europe “an American colony” (Le Figaro, 22 Nov. 2018); Zemmour tells us that they have been created from scratch by Washington within the aftermath of the struggle (Le Figaro journal, Might 17, 2019), going as far as in charge de Gaulle for having contributed “to combine France into the European order established by the US and shortly to be dominated by Germany” (Le Level, 30 Sept. 2021).
How can we not see in these litanies unusual convergences with the positions of the extremely leftist France insoumise? Actually, Mélenchon lately attended Zemmour’s 50th birthday celebration (Nearer, 16 Nov. 2018) and, throughout a debate final September, each of them displayed their convergence in favor of getting out of NATO, which led Le Figaro of September 23 to headline its full web page “Mélenchon and Zemmour, years of shared republican esteem”. One couldn’t say it higher. And, just a few days later, Zemmour converged,this time, with thinker Onfray, each calling for a rapprochement with holy Russia, in “an excellent Europe” stretching from the Atlantic to the Urals (Le Monde, 6 Oct. 2021)…
Giesbert by no means ceases to marvel how Zemmour, “the herald of the intense proper is more and more suitable with the intense left” (Le Level, 20 Sept. 2018), becoming a member of Pascal Bruckner, for whom “there’s between the intense proper and the intense left the identical fascination for Putin, which matches from Le Monde diplomatique to Marine Le Pen, passing by means of Zemmour and Soral” (Le Level, 30 Oct. 2014).
Lastly, just isn’t Zemmour affected by the Stockholm syndrome when he dares to exonerate Pétain from his involvement within the persecution of the Jews, and isn’t embarrassed to have lunch with Ribbentrop’s 88-year-old daughter within the presence of Jean-Marie Le Pen? Understanding that he lunches with Tariq Ramadan (Le Level, 24 Oct. 2019) or presents Robespierre not as a monster however as a saint (Jean-François Kahn, « Zemmour entre les lignes », Le Level, 30 Sept. 2021), one can solely marvel about his capability for discernment…