Eric Zemmour maintained on CNews, who says he is “surprised” by the decision of the CSA

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Éric Zemmour will provide his program on Thursday on CNews, confirmed the channel to AFP, which indicates to reserve the right “to comment on the decision” of the Superior council of audio-visual obliging to count the speaking time of the polemicist in the audio-visual media.

The columnist will be on the air from 7 pm alongside Christine Kelly in the program “Face à l’Info”, the group’s channel told AFP. Canal+, confirming daily information The Parisian. “We are very surprised by the decision of the CSA, because to date, he has not declared himself a candidate for the presidential election. We allow ourselves the right to comment on the decision of the CSA later,” she added.

Eric Zemmour’s speeches on “the national political debate” will therefore be counted, according to the decision published Wednesday by the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA), which now considers Eric Zemmour as a Political personality. Asked by AFP, the channel Paris Premiere, where Eric Zemmour holds the reins of a political program with Eric Naulleau, did not wish to react to this decision.

For several months, a candidacy for the presidential election of the star columnist of CNews is regularly mentioned. Last July, the association “Les Amis d’Eric Zemmour” obtained its approval from the National Commission for Campaign Accounts and Political Funding to finance a political party of the same name.

“In view of recent developments, the Superior Audiovisual Council considered that Mr. Zemmour could henceforth be regarded, both by his positions and his actions, as by the comments to which they give rise, as an actor in the political debate national “, argued the audiovisual regulator. However, the law of September 30, 1986 provides for the taking into account of the interventions of political figures, recalls the CSA.

“Censorship: the CSA now takes over from the judges. I will not be silent,” replied Wednesday evening on Twitter the polemicist, to whom a presidential ambition has been regularly lent for several months. The latter had announced to cease his weekly column in Le Figaro, time, he said, to promote his book to be published on September 16 entitled “France has not said its last word”.

Éric Zemmour is thus expected Saturday evening in the program of Laurent Ruquier and Léa Salamé on France 2 and September 15 on BFMTV and RMC in the morning interview with Jean-Jacques Bourdin. He was released Wednesday by the Paris Court of Appeal after prosecution for insult and incitement to hatred.