According to the latest Ifop-Fiducial poll for Paris Match and Sud Radio, the approval rating of President Emmanuel Macron registered at only 31 per cent, sliding by three points from the previous poll. This shows that the confidence of the French people on is leadership continues to weaken.
The downward trend was dominant among people over 65 years and retirees. Republican Party voters showed lack of support for the president with only 30 per cent backing him.
The poll also indicated that the French people are more interested on discussing issues regarding the Yellow Vests more than the “great national debate”.
Another significant revelation from the poll results showed that 46 percent of respondents no longer believe that the President “defends the interests of France abroad” according to Paris Match.
Macron’s indifference to French interest is believed to carry influence on his decisions regarding the return of the French jihadists and the Algerian situation.
Furthermore, Macron’s declining popularity is not only confined in France. His open letter to Europe’s citizens titled “For a European Renaissance” which was published in all 28 EU member states, received lukewarm response and mixed reactions.
The Belgian daily newspaper La Libre hailed the framework of Emmanuel Macron’s vision for Europe, which aims to build a “safe continent” and “prosperous” union.
The German daily Handelsbatt supports the initiative of the French president and commended Macron for speaking his mind directly to the European nations.
Italian newspaper, La Stampa believes that Emmanuel Macron’s initiative could be an ambition “more or less declared [to] find a place in the history books under the heading of ‘founding fathers of Europe’”.
In United Kingdom, Macron’s text was renamed: “Dear Europe, Brexit is a lesson for all of us: it is time to renew ourselves”.
British daily newspaper, The Daily Telegraph stated the following:
“Macron has poured gasoline on this combustible mixture and risks a harsh reaction from countries that refuse his binary choice to be a country asking for ‘more Europe’ or to benefit from ‘a second class membership to the EU ‘. Not sure that this is the effect expected by the executive.”