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Eric Zemmour is the “rising star” of the French right and has been tipped to make the presidential run-off against Emmanuel Macron in next year’s election.The 63-year-old former journalist has even been dubbed a Gallic Donald Trump for his populist views. Speaking as he battles to get the backing of 500 elected officials needed to run in next year’s poll, Mr Zemmour said that France should rip up Le Touquet accords.
The bilateral deal was signed in 2003 and essentially moved the UK border to the French coast.
He spoke as the number of migrants crossing the English Channel hit record levels – with more than 1,000 completing the journey on Thursday, the UK Border Force confirmed.
When asked about the deal, Mr Zemmour told the Telegraph: “I agree absolutely.
“We are not at England’s beck and call or there to be paid to monitor your borders.
“But I do think that our role, and that’s where the English are right, should be to send our migrants back.
“Most are illegal immigrants and claim they have a right to asylum, which they don’t.”
During the interview Mr Zemmour also claimed that he was more like Boris Johnson than Mr Trump.
When asked by a British journalist if a writer could become France’s next President, he said: “You are English.
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“Who is your Prime Minister? What was he before being Prime Minister?”
“I rest my case.”
He went on to pay tribute to the Brexit talisman and his electoral success which helped deliver a Conservative landslide victory in 2019.
Mr Zemmour said he “seems to me intelligent, cultured and unpredictable”.
He added: “But above all, he and his team pulled off an absolutely amazing political feat in the direct line of the Conservative party of Disraeli, namely, and it is what I have been arguing for months, an alliance between the patriotic bourgeoisie and working classes.
“For that, I take my hat off to him.
“It was magnificent to see all those Labour voters jump ship. That’s exactly what needs to be done here.”
A string of recent surveys have suggested that Mr Zemmour is outpolling far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
But others have begun questioning whether the “Zemmour bubble” is about to burst.
This came after two polls placed him behind the National Rally leader.
Mr Macron remained comfortably out in front of both on 25-30 percent.
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