Recent TV Interview French President Macron's Support Is Waning
If last Sunday's TV interview is any indication, President Emmanuel Macron has lost a great deal of respect in France. Not only are average citizens souring on Macron, members of the media elite also appear to have turned their backs on the recently elected president.
Throughout this heated two-hour broadcast, noted French journalists Jean-Jacque Bourdin and Edwy Plenel accused Mr. Macron of stealing from retirees to line his own pockets. In another sign of their disapproval of the president, both journalists referred to the president by his first name and neither deigned to wear a tie.
In addition to their critiques of Macron's pension reforms, Bourdin and Plenel accused the president of not taking enough action on business tycoons who use France as a tax haven. Although Macron tried to remain calm throughout the broadcast, there were many instances where he broke his cool and joined in the shouting match.
Macron fought back as hard as he could, but many political pundits believe he won't easily recover from this Sunday interview. Indeed, many people in France's intelligencia believe this interview simply makes manifest the frustration so many French residents already feel with their new president.
Public opinion polls of Macron have shown a sharp decline in recent weeks, especially amongst France's working and middle classes. Many citizens believe Macron is trying to move way too fast in labor reforms that threaten to cut workers' privileges and pensions.
Thousands of French workers, retirees, and students are now taking to the streets in anti-Macron protests. As of today, many railways and universities across the nation remain closed.
Besides the grilling on last Sunday's TV interview, Macron is taking heat from a new book penned by former French President François Hollande. In his memoirs, Hollande paints a devastating portrait of Macron as an egotistical politician obsessed with power.
Hollande also wrote that Macron's government is making the divide between poor and wealthy greater than it has ever been in France's history. Macron served as the Minister of the Economy under Hollande.
It's unclear how Mr. Macron plans to effectively put an end to the numerous problems throughout the country. Until he finds a satisfactory answer, however, it appears there will be no end to the strikes.
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