Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Marine Le Pen’s top MEP defects to Eric Zemmour’s campaign

French MEP Jérôme Rivière on Wednesday left Marine Le Pen’s National Rally to join Eric Zemmour, her far-right rival in the country’s 2022 presidential race, suggesting the identitarian firebrand is able to snatch like-minded politicians from more established parties.

Rivière, who was the head of the National Rally delegation in the European Parliament and Le Pen’s spokesman for the foreign press, slammed her campaign in an interview announcing his departure with Le Parisien. He attacked her “unambitious” platform, and said she “understood she wouldn’t be able to be president.”

Le Pen is “unable to acknowledge obvious things such as the Great Replacement,” Rivière said, citing the white nationalist theory which claims that white populations are being gradually replaced with migrants — a theory that inspired the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand.

Rivière is now a spokesman for Zemmour — who appealed his third conviction for hate speech on Monday — and a vice president for his party, Reconquête (Reconquest). He joins Guillaume Peltier, an MP and former vice president for the mainstream right-wing party Les Républicains (LR), who was poached a week earlier.

“I think that Eric Zemmour’s candidacy is the only one able to dispose of this cordon sanitaire between the conservatives, some of them who were with LR, and the national-populists, represented by the National Rally, with both unable to find each other,” Rivière said on RMC Thursday.

Zemmour’s team is actively looking for new National Rally figures to lure, POLITICO’s Playbook Paris reported, as advisers float names of potential targets to the press. Rivière was one of the easiest: One of his parliamentary assistants, Isabelle Müller, was Zemmour’s former publicist, and is now his campaign’s head of communications.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You May Also Like


Press play to listen to this article Manfred Weber looks set to inherit full control of the EU’s largest conservative political party — just as...


Damien Abad, France’s newly appointed minister for solidarity and disabled people, is facing intense scrutiny following accusations of rape from two women, as first revealed in...


Press play to listen to this article MARSEILLE, France — Sitting in a café in Marseille, the firebrand leader of the left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon,...


PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron has appointed Ambassador to the U.K. Catherine Colonna as his new foreign affairs and Europe minister as part...


The European Parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a resolution urging the EU to sanction Europeans still on the boards of prominent Russian firms —...


The EU likes to talk up its world-beating progress on climate change, but the numbers show the ride to climate neutrality won’t be smooth....


Walter Ellis is a Northern Ireland-born, France-based journalist and commentator. He’s the author of “The Beginning of the End: The Crippling Disadvantage of a...


If Ursula von der Leyen’s five-year term can be likened to a soccer match, her team is heading for the half-time break with the...