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Éric Zemmour has landed on British soil to try and sell himself as a contender for next year’s French presidential election. But the TV pundit – who has convictions for inciting racial hatred – has not had the warmest of receptions.

The Royal Institution cancelled an event in which the 63-year-old was due to speak, fearful of the backlash it would have evoked. Zemmour is now considering legal action against the RI, knowing that it has hosted candidates from the right in the past, such as François Fillon.

Zeemour has also had a run-in with London Mayor Sadiq Khan who, according to The Spectator, has been attempting to get cash-strapped venues to no-platform him. Zemmour did not seem to care and tweeted a welcome call to Khan upon arrival to the UK.


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As well as making a number of keynote speeches, Zeemour is reportedly meeting with several Conservative MPs. However, none of them appear keen to publicise his presence. The anti-woke Common Sense Group, led by veteran Sir John Hayes, told Politico the MPs do not have time for him in their diary. Ouch.