Macron Continues To Slide In the Polls

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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.”

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