“The Slump of Macron’s Popularity and its Impacts.”
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, won the presidential elections back in May in a landslide victory. At the time, 62 percent of the voters in the country supported him. He even enjoyed the support of many heads of states across the world, and his win drew the attention of the world with some referring to him to be the savior of Europe. It was because they expected him to find it easy making changes in the country and Europe due to the support he enjoyed. However, the support did not last long after his inauguration. In fact, his popularity fell faster than that of his predecessors.
Most of the polls indicate that currently, he has the support of less than half of the citizens of France. A poll by Ifop shows that only 40 percent of the population now supports Macron indicating a 16 percent drop from the level found by a similar poll in July. There is another poll placing his popularity at 36 percent.
Different issues resulted in the decline in his popularity. Among them is a revelation that the French president spent £24000 on make up for the three months in office. There has been growing protests in the country. The demonstrations forced the president to shelve his plan to make his wife the country’s first lady, which is a constitutional role. During his campaigns, he promised to provide tax cuts, and the voters are raising concerns over the delay in the delivery of his promise. The unions and leftist groups in the country have plans to hold protests against his government’s move to liberalize the strict employment code in the country. Macron thinks that the move will make French companies more competitive. The EU enjoys the commitment of the French people. However, most of the French people do not believe they gain from belonging to the economic bloc. A poll indicated that only 29% of the French believe they benefit from the EU. With the decline in his support, Macron will face numerous challenges in convincing the French people that they gain from staying in the EU.
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