It’s been a hell of a week for France. On the one hand, the country has become acquainted with the newly launched presidential campaign of “Donald Trump of France” Eric Zemmour, whose entire campaign seems to be based on anti-immigrant rhetoric. On the other hand, it celebrated the life of Josephine Baker, an American-born Black entertainer and French resistance fighter by placing her in the Panthéon, France’s “Tomb of Heroes.”
“I just wanted to touch on the dichotomy between Zemmour announcing his candidacy for president and Josephine Baker being named the first Black woman to enter the Panthéon. It seems that France is stuck in two directions,” said Christina Okello of RFI, who calls Baker the “face” of immigration. “As a black woman myself, I think she’s a great role model, and France next year will have to choose, does it want to be an open country or a protectionist?”
But does Zemmour really stand a chance?
“These issues in Zemmour’s case have affected his entire career and especially his campaign: immigration and national identity. It was a big question, if that… was enough to motivate him. I think the polls show that’s probably not enough,” The Wall Street Journal’s Matthew Dalton. “Once he faces a debate and has to give a campaign platform, there will probably be a ceiling on his support.”
Discussing Josephine Baker’s decision to leave then-racist America for a better life in France, Nico Hines of The Daily Beast said: “When you look at places like Zemmour, it is important to remember that the historical divergence that France has is a leading light in ways that other fledgling democracies have not yet managed. “
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