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Firebrand French Presidential challenger Eric Zemmour is ATTACKED during first campaign appearance 


The far-Right firebrand hoping to become France‘s next President was physically attacked at his first campaign rally in Paris today.

Eric Zemmour, 63, was placed in a headlock by an unidentified assailant as he walked through the crowd at the Zenith area in northern Paris on Sunday.

‘The attacker lunged out with his arms and pulled Mr Zemmour towards him after grabbing him around the neck,’ said an eye witness.

‘Mr Zemmour has bodyguards around him at all times, and they moved to grab the assailant and pulled him away,’ the source added.

Eric Zemmour, 63, was placed in a headlock by an unidentified assailant as he walked through the crowd at the Zenith area in northern Paris on Sunday

'Mr Zemmour has bodyguards around him at all times, and they moved to grab the assailant and pulled him away,' the source added

 ‘Mr Zemmour has bodyguards around him at all times, and they moved to grab the assailant and pulled him away,’ the source added

The violent incident – which was filmed and the video published on Twitter – was reported to police and said to be ‘under investigation,’ according to Mr Zemmour’s aids.

He meanwhile announced that he was launching a new party called Re-Conquest (Reconquête), which would fight to ‘Save France’ its current decline.

It came after eight women reported sexual abuse by Mr Zemmour in the week that he announced his candidacy to become head of state.

He meanwhile announced that he was launching a new party called Re-Conquest (Reconquête), which would fight to 'Save France' its current decline. Pictured: Mr Zemmour during his first campaign rally speech

He meanwhile announced that he was launching a new party called Re-Conquest (Reconquête), which would fight to ‘Save France’ its current decline. Pictured: Mr Zemmour during his first campaign rally speech

They include Aurore Van Opstal, a 31-year-old Belgian writer, who claims she was assaulted by Zemmour in a Paris café two years ago.

Gaëlle Lenfant, a 55-year-old councillor from the French city of Aix-en-Provence, claims in a YouTube video that she was attacked by Zemmour as early as 2004.

Mr Zemmour, a married father of three who is expecting a love child with his 28-year-old campaign manager, has denied any wrongdoing and refuses to discuss the specific allegations.

Aurore Van Opstal (pictured)

Gaëlle Lenfant (pictured)

They include Aurore Van Opstal, a 31-year-old Belgian writer (left), who claims she was assaulted by Zemmour in a Paris café two years ago. Gaëlle Lenfant (right), a 55-year-old councillor from the French city of Aix-en-Provence, claims in a YouTube video that she was attacked by Zemmour as early as 2004

But a press officer her 20s, who has asked for anonymity in line with her legal rights, has also claimed that Mr Zemmour sent her text saying: ‘So I’ll wait until you invite me into your home to rape you!’

Mediapart , the French investigative news site, has published a total of eight first-hand accounts of alleged sexual abuse by Zemmour, and retains evidence proving it.

Presented with the evidence this week, neither Mr Zemmour nor his campaign aides responded.

Spokesmen for both Paris police and prosecutors said they were not in position to discuss any possible criminal complaints against Mr Zemmour.

Two weeks ago, Mr Zemmour failed in a legal bid to prevent Closer magazine from publishing details of his secret affair with his campaign manager Sarah Knafo, 28, who is expecting their baby in April.

Two weeks ago, Mr Zemmour failed in a legal bid to prevent Closer magazine from publishing details of his secret affair with his campaign manager Sarah Knafo, 28, (pictured) who is expecting their baby in April

Two weeks ago, Mr Zemmour failed in a legal bid to prevent Closer magazine from publishing details of his secret affair with his campaign manager Sarah Knafo, 28, (pictured) who is expecting their baby in April

Both Mr Zemmour and Ms Knafo had complained about ‘an invasion of privacy’, while Mr Zemmour’s 62-year-old lawyer wife, Mylène Chichportich, has yet to comment on the scandal.

Earlier this month, Mr Zemmour went on trial in Paris for calling child migrants ‘thieves, rapists and murderers’.

A verdict in the case for ‘complicity in provoking racial hatred and racial insult’ is expected in January.

Mr Zemmour, a print journalist turned television pundit, has already been convicted twice on similar charges, but is still riding high in opinion polls.

Earlier this month, Mr Zemmour went on trial in Paris for calling child migrants 'thieves, rapists and murderers'. Pictured: Mr Zemmour and wife Mylène Chichportich

Earlier this month, Mr Zemmour went on trial in Paris for calling child migrants ‘thieves, rapists and murderers’. Pictured: Mr Zemmour and wife Mylène Chichportich

The meeting was also marked by brawling in the crowd at the Zenith

The meeting was also marked by brawling in the crowd at the Zenith

Mr Zemmour claimed that some 50,000 people had turned up to support him

Mr Zemmour claimed that some 50,000 people had turned up to support him

They suggest that he will go head-to-head with Mr Macron in the second round of the contest if he can beat far-Right National Rally candidate Marine Le Pen in the first round.

The meeting was also marked by brawling in the crowd at the Zenith.

Mr Zemmour claimed that some 50,000 people had turned up to support him, but counter demonstrators also got into the arena.

‘This was the reason for the brawling,’ said another of Mr Zemmour’s aides.

Another of Mr Zemmour's aides said there was brawling at the rally because counter demonstrators got into the arena

Another of Mr Zemmour’s aides said there was brawling at the rally because counter demonstrators got into the arena 



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