Éric Zemmour calls for EU elections to be ‘referendum on immigration,’ and picks Marine Le Pen’s niece to lead Reconquest’s candidate list

FILE - Marion Marechal, niece of far-right leader Marine Le Pen, delivers a speech during a campaign rally of French far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour, in Paris, Thursday, April 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
By Thomas Brooke
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Marion Maréchal, the niece of French nationalist firebrand Marine Le Pen, has been selected by Éric Zemmour to lead his Reconquest party’s candidate list for next year’s European parliamentary elections.

In an exclusive interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Zemmour, a former French presidential candidate, explained that he was entrusting Maréchal with the task of defending his “conception of Europe and civilization,” and called on French voters to make the election a de facto referendum on immigration.

“We are going to make the European elections on June 9 a referendum on immigration. When I launched the presidential campaign, I said that I was embarking on it to fight against the Great Replacement and against the Islamization of the country,” Zemmour told the newspaper.

“It turns out that France is not alone in this fight. It is simply the advanced point of a phenomenon that will be — and which is already — the great challenge of the 21st century: immigration and the Islamization of all of Europe,” he added.

The former journalist-turned-politician expressed his concern that Africa, which currently has double the European population of 750 million people, will likely have 4 billion citizens by the end of the century, and explained that “half of its population is under 20 when ours is getting older.”

He stated his belief that the theme of immigration must be a priority for Europeans “both for a demographic reason and for a democratic reason.” He called the European elections a “fundamental deadline,” which represents the first chance in a very long time for voters to “swing the majority of the European Parliament to the right.”

“I say to all right-wing voters: If they want a rally to fight the Melenchonist left and the Islamo-leftist people that it has forged, to stop the hegemony of the central bloc, which has done nothing to protect our countries and our compatriots. If they want a real right-wing policy, they must vote for Reconquest,” he added.

Marion Maréchal, a former member of the National Rally, which her aunt was president of between 2011 and 2021, echoed the sentiments of her party leader in a recent interview with French broadcaster TF1.

“I am happy to work with (Eric Zemmour),” said Maréchal, who claimed the party leader will be the “natural candidate” for the 2027 presidential election.

“Today we have the opportunity to bring together right-wing voters,” Maréchal added, calling her leadership of Zemmour’s right-wing party candidate list an “exciting, historic opportunity.”

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