“She’s my collaborator, my companion”: Eric Zemmour formalizes his relationship with Sarah Knafo

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Presidential candidate Eric Zemmour confirmed that his collaborator Sarah Knafo was his companion, in the program “Face à BFM” Wednesday evening on BFMTV.

It was an open secret, it’s now official. The ex-polemicist Eric Zemmour formalized his romantic relationship with his adviser Sarah Knafo, on BFMTV on the show “Face à BFM” on Wednesday evening. To the question “Who is Sarah Knafo?”, Eric Zemmour replied after a brief period of hesitation: “My collaborator, my companion”.

“There would have been no campaign without Sarah Knafo,” added the far-right candidate about the young enarque. Éric Zemmour added in the process: “We will stop there” to cut short a new question. “My private life is my private life”.

The relationship between Eric Zemmour and Sarah Knafo had been revealed by Paris Match at the end of the summer. The weekly had published on the front page a photo of the couple bathing in the Mediterranean a few hours before a signing session by Eric Zemmour in Nice and Toulon for his book “France did not say its last word”. On BFMTV, the ex-polemicist confirmed that he was suing the magazine.

The linchpin of his presidential campaign

Sarah Knafo’s name does not appear in Eric Zemmour’s presidential campaign chart. However, it plays an essential role with the candidate. Invisible but essential. The campaign team praises “his capacity for work, his requirement and his sense of organization”, wrote Paris Match in September.

The 28-year-old young woman has been a magistrate at the Court of Auditors since leaving the ENA in 2019 after taking courses at Science-Po and studying economics. To support Eric Zemmour in his battle for the Elysée, she requested layoff from the Court of Auditors. In the past, she exercised her talents in embassies and at the communication agency Publicis. His first political engagement was with the UMP before befriending the politician Henri Guaino.

Sarah Knafo, born in Pavillons-sous-Bois (Seine Saint-Denis) in 1993, comes from a Sephardic Jewish family and studied in a private high school in the Alliance Israélite Universelle network. Asked in the book “The new children of the century” by journalist Alexandre Devecchio in 2016, she said: “I am of the Jewish faith but I feel Christian culture. For me, Charles Péguy is as important as the Torah”.

Sarah Knafo at Eric Zemmour's meeting in Paris-Villepinte, December 5, 2021.

Sarah Knafo at Eric Zemmour’s meeting in Paris-Villepinte, December 5, 2021.
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Father of three children

Éric Zemmour has been officially married to lawyer Mylène Chichportich since 1982. The couple have two boys and a girl: Hugo, Thibault and Clarisse. According to Gala and Closer, the eldest studied law and history, the polemicist’s second child went to business school and his daughter chose to study law. Éric Zemmour very rarely talks about his children publicly.