Macron’s popularity plummets
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.”