Despite the rise of the extreme right in France, there are still personalities who draw a red line against those who want to impose totalitarian ideas. This is what happened this weekend at a sports complex owned by former Real Madrid soccer player and coach, Zinedine Zidane.
It turns out that the far-right candidate for the presidency of France Éric Zemmour appeared in pavilion Z5, in Aix en Provence, next to Marseille, with the intention of participating in a futsal match together with supporters and taking advantage of the occasion to hold an act politician.
The former player of the French national team and Real Madrid is the promoter and owner of the complex, to which supporters of the candidate and the journalists who followed his displacement had arrived.
The former player of the French national team and Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane is the promoter and owner of the complex
Noureddine Zidane, brother of Zinedine and manager of the facility, entered the track accompanied by several people to ask them to leave the building, arguing that when renting the room they had not been notified of the political nature of the event. “Please come out. This is private and we have our image,” Noureddine Zidane told Zemmour, according to the newspaper. The Parisien.
“We will return the money but go away”, he added, in addition to complaining that whoever reserved the track did not warn them that it was an event of the far-right campaign. The candidate, his team and his supporters were forced to leave the premises, not without first complaining of discrimination.
Before the frustrated party, Zemmour had had an electoral act in Marseille, the second most populous city in France, and of which he assured that has become “third world” due to the influx of immigrants.
Zemmour, more racist than Le Pen
Zemmour, a journalist, author and TV talk show host who jumped into the electoral arena last year, has become known for his tougher stances on immigration than traditional French far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
One of his most controversial proposals is to propose that “non-French” given names are banned. Precisely, last September he said that, for example, Zinedine Zidane could have been called “Jean” by his parents.
The former player already positioned himself very clearly against Le Pen in the 2017 presidential elections, in which the far-right reached the second round, where he was widely defeated by the current president, Emmanuel Macron.