French far-right candidate Zemmour holds first rally
12 March 2022 | 1:46 pm
French presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour are holding duelling rallies on February 5, 2022. FRANCE 24's Clovis Casali reports.
As France's April presidential election approaches, the campaign is getting under way in earnest. In this edition of our new show, we focus on the French Communist Party attempting a political comeback and discuss at length the battle raging between Eric Zemmour and Marine Le Pen for leadership of the French far right.
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