French presidential campaign marred by wave of political threats — Analysis

Eric Zemmour is a far right candidate in the French 2022 presidential election. He was attacked and harassed by his supporters.

Police in the Yvelines region, outside Paris, opened an investigation on Friday after insults and ‘Z 2022’ were written on the windshields of several cars parked next to a home of Marine Le Pen, an MP and the former leader of the right-wing National Rally party. The ‘Z 2022’ is widely seen as a message in support of far-right presidential contender Eric Zemmour. According to French media, Le Pen had filed a complaint with the police, according to sources close enough.

The incident came after Sandrine Rousseau, a member of the Europe Ecology – The Greens (EELV), said on Wednesday that “Zemmour’s militants”Her home was vandalized and her front door opened. She claimed that stickers of Zemmour’s Reconquete (Reconquest) party were attached to her front door and garbage bags were placed outside her house, according to a police complaint, cited by AFP.

Rousseau appealed to President Emmanuel Macron to condemn Zemmour’s supporters. “The silence to the threats from the extreme right against left-wing politicians contributes to the trivialization of a climate of violence and weakens our democracy,”Twitter, she wrote.

This week also, Zemmour sympathizers shot themselves with sniper rifles while threatening Macron. The video also featured a man shooting. “antifa members and leftists”Migrants from North Africa and training “hunt down”Alexis Corbiere, Raquel Garrido are politicians for the left-wing La France Insoumise party (LFI). The party’s parliamentary group released a statement blasting the videos “as unacceptable as they are odious.”

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Paris prosecutor: A criminal investigation was launched. “death threats and incitement of racial hatred.”

Zemmour is an essayist, political commentator, and writer who has been known for his divisive antimigrant rhetoric and anti-Islam rhetoric. He distanced himself “the idiots who pretend to take advantage of me and my candidacy in order to shoot rifles”Contact political opposition.

“They support me with the sole purpose of providing new alibis for their destructive passion,”He said this in a Wednesday statement. “You are not part of my supporters, nor of my militants. I condemn in advance all that you do in my name.”

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