French politicians and commentators on Saturday both hailed and condemned the decision of TV channel iTélé to end its contract with right-wing pundit Eric Zemmour following an uproar over comments in which he appeared to back the deportion of Muslims.

The news channel released a statement late Friday announcing it would not continue to air Zemmour's program in January, after broadcasting it since 2003.

Zemmour, a bestselling author and media commentator known for controversial attacks against Europe, immigrants, Muslims and what he calls the country's elites, indicated he would not react "for the moment".

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