A victory of the far-right presidential candidate would be good news for Moscow, which has a long-standing history with Le Pen and her party.
French voters face a stark choice at the polls, but many are saying ‘non’ to both candidates.
The dynamics of the “strategic vote” in France have amplified the restructuring of the political field around three major poles: centrist, identitarian and far left.
While many progressive movements have organised online, conservatives dominate because of better organisation, capital, and social inequality. France’s presidential elections are a case in point.
There are 12 candidates in the first round of the campaign – two favourites, three outsiders and a host of people with no chance of making it to the second round.
Under fire for her past Russian links, Marine Le Pen may still be within reach of the second round of the French presidential elections thanks to her left-leaning economic agenda.
The French commentator’s heritage is providing a useful patina for extreme views.
Anti-celebrity politicians succeed by styling themselves as authentic alternatives to more showy statesmen.
Zemmour’s statements about universalism, assimilation and “separatism” have deep roots in the history of the French Republic.