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Emmanuel Macron's approval rating goes negative after just three months in office

The French president's popularity is waning

Jon Stone
Europe Correspondent
Friday 04 August 2017 13:57 BST
French President Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron (AFP/Getty Images)

Emmanuel Macron’s honeymoon with voters has ended after just three months in office, according to new polls of the French public.

The French president’s approval ratings have already gone negative, with those approving of his record slipping seven points, to 36 per cent.

Those disapproving of Mr Macron’s record rose to 49 per cent, up seven, a net negative score of -13 points.

The number of voters approving of Mr Macron’s record however still outnumbers the proportion of the population who voted for him in the first round of the presidential election.

There, he won 24 per cent of the vote – narrowly lead a four-way divided field split between the far right, centre-centre, left, and himself: a liberal centrist.

The YouGov poll, jointly commissioned for the Huffington Post and the CNews TV channel, echoes the results of another survey by the pollster Ifop at the end of last month.

That poll showed his popularity sliding by ten points in the space of a month.

Mr Macron, France’s youngest leader since Napoleon, is pushing through controversial plans to strip away workers’ rights and labour market regulations.

The law passed through France’s upper house, the Sénat, this week, and is now set to be scrutinised by trade unions and employers.

The early months of the president’s administration have also been tarnished with allegations of financial irregularities among members of his government, as well as planned cuts to housing support for people on low-incomes.

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