The writer and polemist Eric Zemmour will not give a conference to the Cercle Lorraine de Wallonie in Liège, due to security risks. He was placed under police protection by the French Home Affairs minister this weekend. Eric Zemmour was expected at the château Val Saint-Lambert at Seraing, the Liège seat of the Cerlce de Wallonie, on Tuesday at 7.30pm. But the author of “The French Suicide” will not be there: his visit has been cancelled for security reasons.
According to André Van Hecke, an administrator for the Cercle, Eric Zemmour was placed under police protection this weekend. This was at the request of the French Home Affairs minister. He will be protected by three police officers after receiving death threats.
This cancellation has nothing to with threats the Cercle received. “We received lots of threats, but we decided to defy them, as we believe in Free Speech. But we couldn’t let Eric Zemmour, or his audience, take any risks”.
The audience would have been big: the room was fully booked. The Cercle de Wallonie has decided to go ahead with a debate on “Freedom, Secularism, and Obscurantism”. The historian Hervé Hasquin, Bichara Khader (UCL, President of the Center for the Study and Research of the contemporary Arab World), the senior priest Eric de Beukelaer, Pierre Kroll and Chantal Thibault (French professor in Brussels) will be there. Amid Faljaoui, director of French publications in Roularta, will host.
Contrary to Brussels, no protests about Eric Zemmour’s visit took place in Liège, and the Seraing police had not planned any extra security.