EMBARRASSING! Macron’s approval rating PLUMMETS amid controversial Cabinet reshuffle

Posted on Nov 1 2018 - 9:36am by admin

According to poll data published on Wednesday by Kantar Public, 71 percent of those surveyed said they had no confidence in the President’s ability to run the country.

This contrasts with US President Donald Trump’s approval rating at 40 percent and Theresa May’s at around 30 percent, according to July figures.

After suffering three ministerial resignations, Mr Macron instigated a Cabinet reshuffle last month that has attracted further criticism.

Voters have accused the self-proclaimed centrist of appointing members that shift the Cabinet to the right and of surrounding himself with yes-men.

Despite his rapidly falling approval, the 40-year-old leader has taken some time off.

Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said: “Like millions of French people, it can happen that the President of the Republic takes a few days off.

“For several days, friends have been urging him to rest, eat better and sleep better, but also to stop trying to control government life in the early hours of the night.”

The French President, who was elected in May 2017, was seen as a reformer and an alternative to the polarising campaigns from the left and the right.

However, increasingly French citizens have accused him of being out of touch with the average person, dubbed the “president of the rich”.

His image was not helped by several political blunders, such as dismissing an unemployed man’s problems in a video that went viral.

Meanwhile, it has come out that he spent around £23,000 on make-up in the first three months in the Élysée Palace, as well as ordering 1,200 plates worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

More than 100,000 protestors took to the streets at the beginning of October to oppose new economic policies that would see some people suffering cuts to their monthly support.

Leaders on the left have accused Macron of “destroying France’s social model” and labour unions are planning more demonstrations.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also saw confidence in his leadership fall by 3 percentage points, with 64 percent saying they had no confidence in him.

After German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s shock announcement of her resignation, there is more pressure than ever on Mr Macron to lead Europe.

French Conservative Senator Jean Bizet said: “Germany has been the strongman of Europe for many years, but today it was become the weak man, if I may say so.

“Everything rests – and will rest more and more – on President Macron’s shoulders. It will be very difficult for him.”

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