Presidential candidate Éric Zemmour, after providing examples of individuals murdered by Muslims, some in the crowd prompted began to chant “killer Macron,” prompting negative reactions from Zemmour’s election rivals.
At the pre-election rally, Zemmour mentioned three cases, two anti-Semitic murders, and one jihadist attack, in which people were killed by people who professed Islam.
“We will never achieve justice for all those the state has failed to protect,” Zemmour said.
The former journalist then fell silent as the crowd shouted: “killer Macron.”
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Although Zemmour did not intervene during the chanting, his team claims that he condemned the actions of his supporters and did not participate in it.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday condemned the incident, claiming Zemmour was “hard of hearing.”
Yesterday, Zemmour turned to Macron with one of the stories again via Twitter. He shared a video of a woman who tells the story of her son killed by a refugee from Sudan.
Right-wing candidate Valérie Pécresse condemned the chant as well, saying they were dangerous. According to her, Zemmour is now “completely discredited” as a possible president of France.
Another right-wing candidate, Marine Le Pen, who, according to polls, is likely to advance to the second round of elections with Macron, said it was “a form of outrage that responds to a form of outrage.” She called the chants “regrettable.”
Islamic terrorism has killed hundreds in France, which has been fueled by mass immigration from Middle Eastern countries.