Emmanuel Macron branded 'disaster' in pandemic by Wright
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The figurehead faces a defining year as he battles to prepare for the French Presidential elections next May, where his main rival is expected to be fierce political rival Marine Le Pen. But Mr Macron has been under increasing pressure over recent months, with the introduction of controversial policies triggering violent Yellow Vest protests and strikes throughout the country. Most recently, the President and his Government have been attacked over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic and sluggish rollout of vaccines- mainly resulting from the European Union’s bitter row with drug maker AstraZeneca over production and supply issues.
Covid cases have again quickly spiralled out of control in France, leading Mr Macron to impose a four-week national lockdown in France – a move he had been desperately seeking to avoid.
But the President’s struggles are ever increasing, with a new poll showing his image and reputation in France continues to deteriorate just a year before the crunch election.
The poll of 1,005 French people carried out from April 21-22 by Odoxa-Dentsu Consulting for La Presse Regionale found two-thirds (66 percent) do not want him to run again in next year’s presidential election.
Just under four in ten (38 percent) of French people believe Mr Macron to be a “good President” – down by a single point since March and by five points when his popularity was at a peak with 43 percent.
Nearly two thirds consider his performance at the Élysée Palace since he became President in 2017 to be “bad”.
The most severe criticism came from supporters of Rassemblement National (85 percent) and La France Insoumise (80 percent).
Almost three-quarters (73 percent) of French people consider Mr Macron to be “the President of the rich”.
A massive 77 percent find him neither “humble” (77 percent), nor “close to the people” (72 percent) or “sympathetic” (53 percent).
In another sign of the fall in faith from the French towards Mr Macron, the poll revealed they prefer former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who has a rating of 51 percent.
He is 11 points head of Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot, 20 points ahead of Nicolas Sarkozy and 22 points ahead of Mr Macron’s main Presidential election rival, Marine Le Pen.
Benjamin Grange, president of Dentsu Consulting who oversees what has been said on social media about the main political figures, claimed the pandemic has become “the prism through which the French judge the government’s ability to make the right decisions.”
This latest poll follows another disastrous one which showed Mr Macron’s popularity has dipped below that of Ms Le Pen.
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The survey from Redfield & Wilton Strategies of 2,200 eligible voters in France from April 14-15 found just 16 percent would vote for the current President in the May 2022 election, while Ms Le Pen enjoyed the backing of 18 percent.
In a further worrying sign for Mr Macron, a fifth (20 percent) of undecided voters said they backed him in the 2017 election.
More than a quarter (26 percent) think Ms Le Pen will reign victorious in 12 months’ time – marginally ahead of Mr Macron on just 24 percent.
The President’s approval rating has plummeted to -23 percent, while nearly half (47 percent) of those polled believed his Government is incompetent.
Just 14 percent approved of its actions while 32 percent of respondents didn’t take a view.
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.
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