Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of rebellious France, said on Monday, September 20 in the evening that he will live his upcoming televised debate against polemicist Éric Zemmour, who he claims represents a “concentrated lepenism.”
The debate between Mélenchon, who ran for the Élysée for the third time in 2002, and the journalist, who is considering running for president, is scheduled for Thursday at 8:45 p.m. on BFMTV.
“I see this debate as a fight,” Mélenchon said on LCI, while his decision to go toe-to-toe with the polemicist is contested by some rebellious activists who believe Zemmour should not be given such exposure.
In response to these criticisms, the LFI’s leader stated that he wanted to impose his themes on him, such as “social and ecology,” which will constitute “half of the show,” against Zemmour, who, according to him, can only say “evil of Muslims.”
“We have concentrated lepenism with Mr Zemmour, it is a concentrate of hatred. I knew him as a brilliant commentator (…) and then I saw him collapse (…) he has a sectarian view of French history” (…), “these people are propagating a doctrine that leads to violence,” he added.
“He is of the extreme right and embodies everything I have always fought against (…) He does 300 pages of cancan to speak ill of Muslims,” Jean-Luc Mélenchon said of Eric Zemmour, who has been sentenced twice for inciting racial hatred.
The polemicist, who has made no secret of his presidential ambitions for 2022, is omnipresent in the media today and is touring France to promote his book “France has not said its last word.”