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Right-wing polemicist Eric Zemmour has officially announced his candidacy for the French presidency in a YouTube posting. Zemmour running for the presidency has been an open secret for a number of months, but he will be hoping that the official announcement of his candidacy will provide a boost to his scandal-hit campaign.

  • After a strong run of polling in October that placed him in second place ahead of right-wing Rassemblement National leader Marine Le Pen, Zemmour is now relegated to third place in most polls.
  • Publication of pictures of Zemmour by the magazine Closer has caused a minor scandal, upgraded when pictures emerged of him swearing at a woman protesting against his campaign.
  • Incumbent President Emmanuel Macron remains the overwhelming favourite to be re-elected. Hypothetical second-round polls show Macron consistently beating both Zemmour and Le Pen by comfortable margins.
  • The best hope for the opposition of removing Macron is for one of the prospective centre-right Les Republicains candidates to make the second round. However, all three frontrunners (Xavier Bertrand, Michel Barnier, and Valerie Pecresse) remain in the polling doldrums, in fourth place behind Macron, Le Pen, and Zemmour.