by Giulio Meotti
The first death threat to Éric Zemmour dates back to June 7, 2012, when a letter arrived to RTL radio, his employer, on rue Bayard in the Eighth arrondissement of Paris. Zemmour is called “SS in freedom” and the letter’s authors announced that they want to physically attack the journalist and his family.
The latest threat two weeks ago also prompted French President Emmanuel Macron to express solidarity with him. And “Paris. France 2020. This woman railed against Zemmour in the name of ‘Vive Islam! Vive Allah’. It’s ridiculous, I don’t accept it. I refuse to get used to it,” said lawyer Gilles-William Goldnadel in a video.
This anti-immigration and anti-system journalist of Le Figaro, the most critical of integration and the banlieue, was walking on the streets of Paris when a woman approached him shouting “Éric Zemmour! Long live Islam! Long live Allah! Long live Muhammad!”. It is the second episode in two weeks.
The first was on May 1. Zemmour had always been attacked and insulted in Paris while shopping. “Son of a b***! F*** your mother!”, an Arab yelled at him. The video, which went viral, caused a wave of indignation from politicians on all sides.
Last November, Zemmour was called a “Zionist bastard” in front of the Cnews headquarters during a demonstration. A rally called “Stop Zemmour” had been called to take place before the doors of the broadcaster who enlisted the right-wing polemicist. The co-founder of the Coordination against Racism and Islamophobia, Abedelaziz Chaambi, took the stage and called Zemmour a “Zionist bastard”, “virus” and “disgusting beast”.
A few days later, during the great “march against Islamophobia” at the Place de la République, a speaker on the stage harangued the crowd: “If you don’t like Zemmour, clap your hands!”
The journalist has so far escaped the worst. But until when? “If this story could open the eyes to all those who, by dehumanizing their opponents, hang targets on their back…,” wrote Céline Pina in Le Figaro. And Zemmour is certainly not alone.
A year ago, the Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut was threatened with death and addressed by a Salafist during a demonstration of the yellow vests. Finkielkraut himself would later confess: “I’m afraid to walk in the street.”
The author of the attack on Zemmour, Mehdi K., calls himself “haram”, forbidden. Rappers hate Zemmour. And Youssoupha declaims: “Who will silence this stupid Zemmour”?
His friend, the journalist Eric Naulleau, is worried: “One day, there will be a drama”. Even Zemmour’s father thinks about it: “They will kill him.”
Welcome to Europe. They call it “multiculturalism.”