Macron’s Popularity Continues To Slip

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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President Emmanuel Macron is losing more popularity in his country, with 36 percent of the French population approving of his work, according to a YouGov poll released Thursday.

Macron’s approval ratings dropped seven points since the last survey in June. About half of the French population, 49 percent, said they have a negative view of their president — a 13-point increase compared to the last poll.

Macron got off to a strong start by clinching a majority in parliament for his new party La République En Marche (Republic on the move). He has since been widely criticized by opponents over a series of policy moves — primarily his plans to make budget cuts in a number of sectors.

Pierre de Villiers, the head of France’s armed forces, resigned in July over an 850 million euro ($969 million) cut in the defense budget. De Villiers reportedly said he wouldn’t let himself be “fucked like that” prior to his resignation.

An Ifop poll in late July put Macron’s approval rating at 54 percent. The decline of 10 percentage points marked the largest decline for a new president in 22 years.

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