Presidential candidate doubles down after racial hatred verdict — Analysis
French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour has insisted underage migrants are “not a race” after he was convicted of racial hatred
Eric Zemmour, the French presidential candidate has declined to retract his remarks about unaccompanied minors who were made after he was fined for inciting hatred racial. Underage migrants, he insists, are “not a race.”
Speaking to BFM TV on Tuesday, the polemicist-cum-politician slammed a court ruling from Monday in which he was fined for inciting racial hatred.
The court fined the right-wing firebrand €10,000 for comments he made on CNews in 2020. “They have nothing to do here, they are thieves, they are murderers, they are rapists, that’s all they are,”Zemmour explained to his audience that he was referring specifically to minors unaccompanied entering the country.
However, he refused Tuesday to back down and said he was not sorry for his statements. “I would repeat what I said. For inciting racial animus, I was sent to prison. However, I was unaware that unaccompanied minors from foreign countries were considered a race. It’s not a race,”He said.
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Zemmour, who criticizes the verdict, claimed that the court tried to ban him “linking immigration and delinquency.”
After Monday’s ruling, the man was dubbed “Le Trump”It was dismissed as “ideological and stupid.”
“The truth is that these ‘unaccompanied minors’ – who are very often neither minors nor unaccompanied – are characterized by their illegal presence in our country and their strong propensity to delinquency, even criminality,”He added.
He stated that French citizens ought to be allowed to raise this question without the need for court intervention.
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