A moment of hesitation. This is what Éric Zemmour says, at the microphone of RTL, on February 28, when asked if Vladimir Poutine is a democrat. “An authoritarian democrat”, he corrects, before defending the concept in an unconvincing way. And the nationalist candidate to affirm that the master of the Kremlin is “the only culprit”, but not “solely responsible” of the conflict that has been raging in Ukraine for a week. The nuance is slight, but it says a lot about the setback suffered by the man who, for ten years, has made himself one of the most zealous defenders of the President of the Russian Federation.
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