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Associate Professor of French Studies at the University of Warwick and expert in far-right politics, Dr David Lees, spoke to Express.co.uk about Eric Zemmour’s political campaign and what it could mean for Franco-British relations. The French political scholar believes Zemmour could meet with Tory MPs ahead of the April elections to discuss immigration plans to position himself in a more advantageous position. Dr Lees added that he thought Mr Zemmour was a “two-trick pony” and had no doubts that the far-right candidate would say anything to get elected.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Dr Lees was asked what Mr Zemmour’s measures might be ahead of the April election.

Dr Lees said: ‘Zemmour has a lot in common with Boris Johnson, in that he is willing to say anything to be elected.

“I think it’s very likely that Zemmour would promise anything to the French electorate if that meant he could potentially be elected.

“Now what I think Zemmour would do, I think he might just do before the first round of the presidential election, is actually sit down with people who are politicians in the UK …

“Particularly in the Conservative Party, and try to think about whether there is a way to come to some sort of immigration deal.”

“It is very clearly in the interests of both countries to work together on this issue.

Zemmour visited the UK in November where he had hoped to find donors for his campaign as well as allies across the Channel.

The candidate held several welcome meetings, but did not meet any registered British politicians.

Dr Lees added that he believed Mr Zemmour could “take a leaf” from the UK government’s proposals to deal with asylum seekers in other countries.

The academic also believed that Zemmour would also renegotiate any treaty disadvantaging France because he wants to limit the level of migration to France.

Zemmour’s main rival, National Rally leader Marine Le Pen, could also see an unlikely windfall thanks to the outsider.

Dr Lees believes Ms Le Pen’s ‘thug’ past can be overlooked and seen as more moderate compared to Mr Zemmour’s campaign.

French European Minister Clément Beaune described Zemmour as “one of the faces of what has a long tradition in our country – the anti-Semitic and hateful French far right”.

Zemmour also called the media a “propaganda machine that hates France” and “spits on the French people”.

Mr. Zemmour’s stance on immigration is also much bolder than his right-wing rivals and has written and commented on “the great displacement” which suggests that the original French will lose their identity and culture due to immigration .

Mr Zemmour was tied with Ms Le Pen when he first announced his candidacy with the two right-wing candidates who scored 16% in October, according to Politico.

However, Mr Zemmour’s support waned slightly as Dr Lees explained that French voters doubted the foreigner could play if he was actually elected, as his biggest support hovers around 13%.

Dr Lees called Mr Zemmour a “two-trick pony” who provided only criticism of religion and migration in France.

Republican candidate Valérie Pécresse was announced at the end of November and took third place from Mr. Zemmour.

Zemmour visited the UK in November where he had hoped to find donors for his campaign as well as allies across the Channel.

The candidate held several welcome meetings, but did not meet any registered British politicians.

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