Emmanuel Macron Sees His Popularity Tumble In France, According To A Poll

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 24, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity rating has slumped by 10 percentage points this month، according to an Ifop poll on Sunday - the biggest decline for a new president since 1995، according to "Reuters" news agency.

Macron has had a tough month، marked by a public row over military spending cuts with top armed forces chief General Pierre de Villiers that led to de Villiers' resignation.

His majority in parliament has drawn concern, with opponents and several newspapers expressing concern over the concentration of power in the presidency. The center-left newspaper Liberation newspaper accused Macron of throwing a "little authoritarian fit" and suggested that he "grow up a bit".

The 39-year-old leader has also backed a controversial bill to toughen France's security laws that includes measures some rights groups have branded as draconian.

Shortly after taking office, Macron drew praise for standing up to his United States and Russian counterparts - respectively, the presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin - and won a solid majority in parliament in June. Earlier this month, he hosted Trump for a familiar celebration of Bastille Day.

An IFOP poll, published on Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, found 54% of people in France were satisfied with Macron in July, compared to 64% in June.

Macron won election by preaching a more-inclusive center-right politics but his plans to cut housing assistance for low-income residents overruled Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

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