Macron’s pop­u­lar­ity plum­mets

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PARIS: Em­manuel Macron’s po­lit­i­cal hon­ey­moon didn’t last long.

Less than three months after his elec­tion, France’s en­er­getic and im­age-con­scious pres­i­dent has seen his pop­u­lar­ity drop after an­nounc­ing bud­get cuts, launch­ing a di­vi­sive labour re­form and en­gag­ing in a dam­ag­ing dis­pute with the mil­i­tary.

A se­ries of opin­ion polls last week showed the per­cent­age of French cit­i­zens who said they were sat­is­fied with Macron’s poli­cies plung­ing. The re­ver­sal might not af­fect his in­ter­na­tional pro­file, but it could hurt his am­bi­tious do­mes­tic agenda.

As the Ifop polling agency put it: “Apart from Jac­ques Chirac in July 1995, a newly elected pres­i­dent has never seen his pop­u­lar­ity rate fall­ing as quickly dur­ing the sum­mer after the elec­tion.”

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