French far-right hopeful Zemmour toughens already tough line on immigration
25 March 2022 | 12:29 pm
After weeks of running neck-and-neck, veteran French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has surged ahead of her rival Eric Zemmour. The far-right former TV pundit is trying to revive his campaign by toughening his rhetoric once more.
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A video supposedly showing a group of migrants in Calais throwing rocks and blocking a motorway has reemerged, four years after it first went viral. At the time, the video was shared by many, including the French far right, to demonise the migrants.
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