Eric Zemmour Has a Vision for French Jews. Will They Follow It?

The controversial French politician is an observant Jew who disdains Zionism and extols the “unequalled splendor” of France’s Catholic heritage. What’s he up to?

French far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour in Paris on February 21, 2022. Chesnot/Getty Images.

French far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour in Paris on February 21, 2022. Chesnot/Getty Images.

Observation
April 7 2022
About the author
Angélique Talmor is a graduate student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a Charles Krauthammer fellow at the Tikvah Fund.

Virtually no other Jew in the history of the France—at the very least in the last 60 years—has come as close to the country’s presidency as Eric Zemmour. Despite a complete lack of political experience, the right-wing journalist, author, and television personality has consistently placed among the top five candidates for next week’s election. And while he is unlikely to win, his outrageous public persona and his peculiar relationship with Judaism are worth closer study, reflecting as they do some of the complexities and cross-pressures of 21st-century French Jewish identity.

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