The Queen is dragged into the French firearms ranks when far-right Macron rival Eric Zemmour posts a picture of her holding a rifle after sparking outrage by waving a gun to journalists and telling them she is off to withdraw at the gun show
- Eric Zemmour, 63, tweeted a picture of the Queen looking down the barrel of the cannon
- Comes after he was criticized for pointing a gun at journalists at the Paris Arms Show
- In contrast to Zemmour, the Queen had not pointed the gun at anyone in the photo taken 28 years ago
- In footage posted online, Zemmour was seen looking into the telescopic sight of a rifle
- Then he mumbled, “Are you kidding? Push up, back! ‘ when he raised the gun
- As he did so, he turned to the assembled group of journalists around him
The Queen has been embroiled in a flaming argument over a possible future French President who points a gun at journalists and tells them to back off!
Eric Zemmour, 63, has been widely criticized for the stunt at a Paris arms fair and has deepened the controversy by tweeting a picture of the Queen looking into the barrel of a gun.
The picture – which Mr Zemmour posted with love – shows Her Majesty at the National Shooting Center in Bisley, Surrey 28 years ago.
But unlike the far-right French television expert, the Queen did not point the gun at anyone and followed all other safety precautions. MailOnline reached out to Buckingham Palace, which declined to comment.
The picture – which Mr Zemmour posted with love – shows Her Majesty at the National Shooting Center in Bisley, Surrey, 28 years ago
In scenes posted on social media, Mr Zemmour was seen waving a sniper rifle at journalists at a Paris arms fair without going through any security checks. Pictured: Still from a video of the incident at a Paris arms fair, where Zemmour looks into the rifle’s telescopic sight before pointing it at the press on Wednesday
This was in stark contrast to Mr. Zemmour, who mumbled: “Push up, back!”. when he aimed the gun – used by special forces of the French police – at mainstream journalists whom he hates.
Citizenship Minister Marlène Schiappa was among the many who attacked Mr Zemmour, saying: “Aim at journalists with a gun and tell them to withdraw!” It’s not funny.
“It’s horrific. Especially after he seriously said he wanted to “reduce the power of the media”. In a democracy, freedom of the press is not a joke and should never be threatened. ‘
Despite such controversy, polls in France keep suggesting that Mr Zemmour will run with Emmanuel Macron in the next presidential election in April 2022.
Eric Zemmour, 63, was widely criticized for performing the stunt at a Paris arms fair, and today he deepened the controversy by tweeting a picture of the Queen looking down the barrel of a gun
In addition to posting a picture of the Queen, Mr Zemmour has since insisted that the gun incident was “a joke”.
“I’m not stopping anyone,” he said. “There was no political message or threat.”
Mr. Zemmour also described Ms. Schiappa as an “idiot” whose reaction was “grotesque” and “ridiculous”.
He added, “When people attack me, I’ve hit me very hard three times. Let them be warned. ‘
Other Twitter users meanwhile made fun of Mr. Zemmour, saying, “The Queen has too much military experience and too much class to point a gun at journalists. When it comes to journalists, she knows that she is the target and accepts it. “
And another wrote: “At least [Her Majesty] knows where the trigger is. ‘
Mr Zemmour has not officially declared that he will become head of state, but polls show that he is very popular with the far right.
Twice condemned for spreading hatred against ethnic and religious minorities, he regularly blames immigrants for causing all the problems in modern France.
An admirer of former US President Donald Trump (pictured), Mr Zemmour positions himself as an anti-elite and anti-immigration champion
Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Rally Party finished second behind Mr Macron in the May 2017 presidential election, but her vote could be eclipsed by Mr Zemmour next year.
Mr. Zemmour is an admirer of former US President Donald Trump and positions himself as an anti-elite and anti-immigration champion.
He is often critical of the mainstream fake news media, although he appears frequently on television and writes articles and books.
Like Trump, he has long criticized the “establishment” media and hopes to build a political coalition of white working class voters and wealthy conservatives.