Zemmour threatens to seize African leaders homes if they don’t return immigrants

zemmour threatens to seize african leaders homes if they dont return immigrants
zemmour threatens to seize african leaders homes if they dont return immigrants

Far-right French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour stated on Wednesday that if African leaders do not return immigrants, he will seize their property and prevent remittances to their countries.

Zemmour, 63, a former political pundit, has made immigration and security the centerpieces of his campaign, pledging this week that if elected, he would establish a Ministry of “Re-Immigration” that would deport hundreds of thousands of immigrants over the course of his five-year term.

That campaign promise earned a condemnation from Marine Le Pen, the National Rassemblement’s far-right candidate. In a Tuesday interview with BFM TV, she labeled the idea “anti-republican,” though she declined to say whether it was racist.

Zemmour was once seen to be a formidable contender to Le Pen, but opinion polls have shown him falling behind his competitors and unlikely to make it to the second and final round of the election next month.

Polls show that President Emmanuel Macron, a centrist whose policies have shifted to the right, and Le Pen are the front-runners in the first round of the election, which is a re-run of the 2017 election. Macron is considered the favorite to win the final round.

Zemmour has stated that as president, he will travel to Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia to negotiate expulsion agreements. According to the French Institute of Demographic Studies, around 30% of French immigrants were born in one of these three countries.

When asked what he would do if the presidents of the countries refused, Zemmour told a news conference: “African politicians have residences in France. We could seize them, after all. Western Union is used by a number of foreigners to send money. This is a significant portion of these countries’ budgets. We can stop them. Those are the methods I use to apply pressure.”

On Wednesday, Zemmour asserted that he was the only presidential contender in the race capable of uniting France’s fractured right.

Despite Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he justified his focus on immigration, saying France’s key issues remained “identity and security.”

“It’s not because of an external crisis that inside difficulties magically disappear,” Zemmour explained.