The far-right presidential candidate Éric Zemmour estimated on Monday that the arrival of Ukrainian refugees risks "destabilizing France", and "prefers that they are in Poland", that "we must help" to cope .
"I share and I understand the emotion vis-à-vis the Ukrainian populations", but "it is not good to tear people like that away from their country, to destabilize France which is already overwhelmed by immigration”, declared Éric Zemmour on RTL.
#Ukraine: should we welcome refugees in France?
"There is the heart and there is the head", @ZemmourEric in #RTLPresidentielle with @VenturaAlba and François Lenglet.
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So far 300,000 Ukrainians have arrived in the European Union, according to the European Commission, half of them in Poland according to Warsaw, to flee the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“I think we have to help the Poles to welcome them”
“I think the Poles have decided to welcome them all.
I think we have to help the Poles to welcome them, I prefer them to be in Poland.
They will be able to return home more easily when the war is over,” added the presidential candidate.
“I propose that we help the Poles and that the European Commission lift the financial sanctions against this country”, continues Éric Zemmour, while Poland is targeted by several fines for disputes with the European Union.
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differs from her far-right rival Marine Le Pen who had considered that it was "of course" to welcome, "under the aegis of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees", Ukrainian refugees who would like to come to France, because “we must respect the Geneva Convention”.
“I should have been lucid”
Éric Zemmour then admitted having "said something stupid" in December by "betting" that Russia would not invade Ukraine.
“All the experts said so”, but “I should have been more lucid”.
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Asked about his past statements about Vladimir Putin, "I was simply saying that Putin was a patriot and fiercely defended the interests of his country and that I blamed the French political class for not doing the same", he replied.
He described Vladimir Putin as an "authoritarian democrat".
He is “elected by the people, the people did not vote against him”, but he is “authoritarian” because “he uses methods that we do not use”.
Éric Zemmour criticized Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian for his comments Thursday on NATO as a nuclear alliance.
“I would have prevented my Minister of Foreign Affairs from speaking of NATO as a nuclear alliance and thus threatening Russia, that would have avoided this rise to nuclear extremes”, he judged.