Associate Professor of French Studies at Warwick University and expert on far-right politics, Dr David Lees, spoke to Express.co.uk about the French election and how Eric Zemmour has crossovers to Charles de Gaulle. Dr Lees explained De Gaulle was extremely wary of political parties and only reluctantly established one to take control of the National Assembly to pass legislation. Dr Lees added Mr Zemmour also shared this concern but was severely lacking a respectable political party behind him meaning France could potentially vote in a president who would have little to no actual power.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Lees explained what he believes a Zemmour government would look like but believed it was not good for the French electorate.
He explained: “He’s positioning himself a little bit as a kind of almost Gaullist figure.
“So Charles de Gaulle, who was the President of France from 1959 to 1969, had a sense that political parties were not good for the French people.
“And he only reluctantly had a party created around him but he had virtually nothing to do with it.
“That the sole purpose of his party was to win power in the National Assembly in France to be able to get in power at that level.
“So he despised political parties… he felt they brought down France in 1939 as France fell to the Germans.
“Now Zemmour, I think he’s trying to do the same by trying to say that the political parties are bad for the French people
“That’s always a bad sign because you have to have the party to be able to bring control of the National Assembly and without the party, you won’t be able to govern as an isolated president.”
Mr Zemmour has yet to establish a strong political party to campaign alongside his presidential dream but set up “Reconquest” back in December.
However, Mr Zemmour’s popularity has dropped to 13 percent following the campaign announcement of Republican Valerie Pecresse who is now tipped to take on Emmanuel Macron in the second round of voting.
Mr Zemmour is standing on a far-right, anti-immigration ticket which has won over a decent portion of the French electorate who are concerned over the migrant crisis.
The candidate has promised to cut immigration to “almost zero” and recently called for English to be removed from European meetings.
A poll from Harris Interactive put Mr Macron as the winner of the 2022 election with 24 percent of the first-round vote.
Ms Le Pen, Mr Zemmour and Ms Pecresse were all tied on 16 percent according to the poll.
In the runoff, Mr Macron would win 51-49 percent if he faces Ms Pecresse, 55-45 percent against Ms Le Pen, and 61-39 percent against Mr Zemmour.