Two days after he was attacked and wounded by a political opponent at his first election rally, Eric Zamor, the Jewish candidate for the French presidency, said today (Tuesday) that he is a "preferred target of the establishment."
In an interview with the BFMTV news station, the 63-year-old journalist-writer noted that "rummaging through my private life, calling me a fascist, a Nazi, a racist, I get threats on my life."
For Zamor, who appeared in an interview with his hand bandaged, this is the first public appearance since the election rally on Sunday, after following an injury to his right wrist the doctor ordered him to rest for nine days.
However, he denied that his decision to cancel an election event planned for the city of Lyon today was related to his health condition or any security risk.
"The atmosphere should be calmed," he suggested.
Referring to the attack on leftist activists by his supporters at the rally, Zamor denied any responsibility on his part for the violent incidents, declaring: "I condemn any kind of violence, but one has to understand what happened. These people (leftist protesters) come to do provocations. "They come to annoy. If they do not come, they will not be attacked. The media has a responsibility to stop being a collaborator of these provocateurs."
The national right-wing candidate for the French presidency reiterated his opposition to the "memorial laws" in France, which prohibit, among other things, Holocaust denial.
Zamor stressed that he had never denied the Holocaust, and that even the French-Jewish politician Simon Weil, a Holocaust survivor who served as a minister in the French government and as president of the European Parliament, opposed the adoption of these laws, saying the truth does not need legal protection.
"I do not think the laws of memory are well established," Zmour explained, "they need to be rethought, to convene historians who will evaluate the implications of these laws for historical research and examine whether the laws are effective or not."
He made it clear that he would not repeal the law allowing abortions and the law abolishing the death penalty, despite his opposition to them, and again called on Muslims in France to choose between Islam and France - like the Jews and the French.
Meanwhile, Zamor once again attacked incumbent President Emanuel Macron and reiterated his harsh criticism from Sunday that "Macron is a big void, a teenage boy looking for himself, he has no clear ideas about anything, he says everything and vice versa."
He clarified that he still did not think about where he would make his first visit outside the borders of France, if elected president, adding: "In any case I will not make a pilgrimage to Berlin to hand myself over to them and lick the Germans' shoes."
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