55% of French agree with ‘remigration ministry’ concept proposed by Zemmour

French presidential candidate Eric Zemmour waves to supporters during a campaign rally on the Trocadero square, in front of the Eiffel Tower, Sunday, March 27, 2022 in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
By Karolina Klaskova
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A majority of French people are in favor of Éric Zemmour’s proposal, which would invovle the eventual deportation of 1 million foreigners, according to an OpinionWay poll for Valeurs news outlet. ​ A week ago, the presidential candidate proposed to create the so-called Ministry of Remigration.

The survey of 1,058 French people showed that most of them agree with the idea, with 55 percent of respondents declaring themselves in favor of such a ministry. The office would be in charge of the expulsion of illegal foreigners, delinquents, and criminals.

“That hardly surprises me. It is the media and the politicians who say that our proposals are divisive. In the country, they are consensual,” Zemmour stated.

Strongly contested by all of his opponents in this presidential campaign, his project is nevertheless acclaimed by many sympathizers, especially on the right who see mass immigration as an existential threat to the French people and the future demographics of the country.

Unsurprisingly, 93 percent of Zemmour’s backers agrees with the creation of a Ministry of Remigration. Supporters of Marine Le Pen (76%) and Valérie Pécresse (61%) are also mostly in favor of the proposal. More surprisingly, though real, opposition from left-wing sympathizers is not as pronounced as expected, with 34 percent of voters for Yannick Jadot and Jean-Luc Mélenchon saying they agree with the proposal defended by Éric Zemmour.

“The fact that 48 percent of Emmanuel Macron‘s electorate is in favor of the creation of a ministry of remigration was not intuitively expected,” underlines the vice-president of OpinionWay Bruno Jeanbart.

A concept rejected by Marine Le Pen and Les Républicains

Announced for the first time on Mar. 21, Zemmour‘s Ministry of Remigration is designed as an infrastructure that would make it possible to return, in five years, nearly a million “undesirable” foreigners.

“The ministry will have means, documents available. We will do joint flights. As soon as I am elected, I will travel to Morocco to meet with the leaders about how we can organize this,” Zemmour added.

Since then, his opponents have criticized the proposal. On Mar. 22, during the debate organized by Valeurs news outlet, Eric Ciotti affirmed his opposition to the proposal of his “friend” Éric Zemmour. Pécresse’s security officer said that it is an empty slogan. Marine Le Pen claimed that the concept of “remigration” was “totally anti-republican” and “deeply unfair.”

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