On Monday, French presidential candidate Éric Zemmour commented on school clubs fighting racism and homophobia. According to him, they brainwash children, and reveal the need for a return to a more conservative education system.
“In the last 40 years, our children have been indoctrinated,” said Zemmour.
“Schools cannot be a place where LGBT and anti-racist ideologies brainwash our children,” he added. Zemmour, who has praised Hungary and Poland in the past, has shown support for the country’s conservative positions on the issue of LGBT ideology, especially regarding Hungary’s attempts to halt the spread of LGBT topics being introduced to children in the education system.
In the April presidential election, Zemmour will be vying with the more established conservative candidate Marine Le Pen along with the Republicans’ Valerie Pécresse, who are all challenging President Emmanuel Macron.
According to surveys, Zemmour is currently in fourth place.
The journalist and political commentator would reintroduce handing out diplomas at the end of primary school, a practice which was abolished more than 50 years ago as children increasingly entered secondary schools.
He would omit foreign language lessons from primary school curricula so that children could concentrate on French and mathematics. He would also support the study of Greek and Latin in high schools or suspend school benefits for parents of disobedient children.
Rebirth of journalism
Zemmour further criticized journalists, stating that people have a right to be angry with them as they act as “sheep.”
“2022 will be the year of the rebirth of French journalism, the real, great one that died suffocated under a lead blanket of political correctness,” Zemmour said.
Less than a hundred days remain until the first round of the French presidential election, and the candidates do not hesitate to use sharper terms in their speeches.
After President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to “piss off” the unvaccinated, while his right-wing rival Valérie Pécresse also strengthened her rhetoric. During a visit to the south of France, she spoke about the need to “clean up some neighborhoods.”