Eric Zemmour plays with the red lines. From September 18, he tried, in Nice, to defuse the controversy around the Jewish children Arié and Gabriel Sandler, 6 and 3 years old, and Myriam Monsonego, 8, murdered in 2012 by the terrorist Mohammed Merah. The polemicist describes them, in his last book, as “Foreigners above all and wanting to remain so beyond death” because they were buried in Israel, a passage that deeply shocked. At meeting, he grazes their name twice, names them “Santander”. “Sandler !!! “, writes, hastily, his advisor Sarah Knafo on a piece of paper slipped in his direction. Too late, Zemmour continues its momentum.
This scene, captured by a camera from the BFM-TV long-format team for a documentary scheduled for the beginning of November, illustrates the unease. Eric Zemmour, who did not wish to respond to the requests of the World on this subject, indeed, holds a particular position: himself of Jewish faith, he multiplies the declarations which offend, as much on the Dreyfus affair, Vichy, Pétain or the roundup of the Vel ‘d’Hiv, as on the memorial laws that he wishes to abolish, including the Gayssot law, which punishes the offense of negationism.
The veiled attack on the Sandler family acted like the last straw. Eric Zemmour has since denounced a “Political instrumentalisation of emotion” and ensures that injuring the relatives of the victims was not “Not the goal of the game”. However, it continues to stand up against a “Defrancization” according to which, in his eyes, “We no longer make French people”. “They did not belong to France”, he released on France 2, September 11. “I don’t know if these people are French”, he evacuated, on October 14, on CNews, again questioned.
In his latest book, which has already sold more than 200,000 copies, Eric Zemmour has titled the chapter evoking the Sandler children “The land and the dead”, using the formula of Maurice Barrès, nationalist writer, anti-Dreyfusard and anti-Semite, which he claims to be openly. In the Newspaper of February 15, 1900, Barrès wrote about “Foreign elements”, lines that resonate with the speech of the ex-CNews star: “Today, among us, new French have crept in whom we do not have the strength to assimilate, who are perhaps not assimilable, to whom we should at least fix a rank, and who want to impose their position on us. way of feeling. In doing so, they believe they are civilizing us; they contradict our own civilization. “ Then : “With an appearance of peace, France is in civil war. “
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