Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 11:37 AM
President Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating fell sharply in the past month as French voters were either confused by plans for the tax system, shocked by a dispute with the head of the army or unsettled by upcoming labor laws reform, an Ifop pollster told Journal du Dimanche.
The rating for Macron, elected in early May, fell 10 percentage points to 54 percent this month, the second-biggest decline for a French president so soon after election. Jacques Chirac dropped 15 points from his May 1995 election to July, the Paris-based pollster said.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s approval rating also fell, by eight points to 56 percent. The survey for JDD was conducted by phone and online July 17-22 among 1,947 respondents; no margin of error was given.
“Macron’s entry in the atmosphere is brutal, he’s facing the brunt of several sectors in society,” Jerome Fourquet, the head of Ifop opinion polls, told Journal du Dimanche. Fourquet said a tax increase that will hit retirees, new measures that that will curtail civil servants’ advantages and his demonstrations of “authoritarian style” in some cases were among reasons cited by those surveyed. “Some of those polled were openly criticizing a presidency based on communication,” he added.
The survey follows a tough week for the 39-year-old leader. While many had expected Macron’s ambitious reform plans to crash into reality, his first major political test came July 19 in an unexpected dispute with France’s top military commander General Pierre de Villiers, who resigned following a clash with Macron over budgetary matters. Macron sought to calm the quarrel with the French military in a visit to an airbase the next day.
France’s youngest president ever, a former banker who was not aligned with either major party and who had never held — or run for — elective office, defeated the populist and nationalist National Front leader Marine Le Pen. While he did win with more than 66 percent of the votes, many voters abstained or cast an invalid ballot in form of protest, making Macron’s electoral base rather fragile.
The French leader’s agenda this week could help him move on from the domestic troubles. His first event Monday is a conference call with Germany’s Angela Merkel, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Later in the day, he’ll meet with scientists fighting the AIDS virus and he’ll finish his day with Bono, the U2 singer and co-founder of the ONE non-governmental organization.
His best chance to shine will come Wednesday at 5 p.m. when he has a meeting scheduled with the pop singer Rihanna at the Elysee presidential palace, according to his official agenda.
I have one thing to say to the people of France: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
They have gotten exactly what they deserve. If they had just had the courage to elect Le Penn, then they wouldn't be so unhappy with their new leader after just two lousy months.
I also see that Macron is making wonderful use of his valuable time. Meeting with a Caribbean singer is such an efficient use of his time. I can't think of anything more important than a world leader giving a meeting to a total skank like Rihanna.
If anyone thinks I'm being too harsh with Rihanna, let me say racism has nothing to do with it. She's a skank, plain and simple. If you have never seen any of her music videos, watch this - if you can keep from blowing chunks.
Sorry about that.