Macron crisis: French President sees popularity shrink -faces disaster over pick for PM

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Macron crisis: French President sees popularity shrink -faces disaster over pick for PM

The Ifop poll for Le Journal du Dimanche revealed Macron’s popularity was at 36 percent. And the number of people who were not satisfied with the P

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The Ifop poll for Le Journal du Dimanche revealed Macron’s popularity was at 36 percent. And the number of people who were not satisfied with the President was 63 percent. This is a drop of one percent in the same survey carried out in June.The popularity of Macron’s Prime Minister Jean Castex has also fallen dramatically, from 55 per cent of people who liked him in July to 48 percent in August.

The rate of dissatisfied people soared from 40 to 46 percent.

Ifop believe this is down to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Mr Castex saw his first popularity rating stand at 56 percent, which was higher than his predecessor Edouard Philippe, which was 51 percent.

Business leaders, traders and environmentalists were among the groups who the Prime Minister has failed to impress.

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The survey was carried out on August 19 and 20 with a sample of 989 people aged 18 and over.

France is set for its worst recession since 1945, following the COVID-19 crisis.

Although other countries, such as UK and Spain, could be affected more seriously, President Macron has built his reputation on economic reforms and job creation.

Compared to last year, Mr Macron has faced fewer strikes from unions over proposed changes to pension rules.

Mr Macron has postponed his pension reforms to next year as his Government tries to handle the pandemic and the looming recession.

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The reforms would push back the retirement age for many workers.

However, failing to follow through with the reforms could alienate the conservative part of his support base.

The delay of the reforms has allowed Prime Minister Jean Castex to become a middle man and reset the government’s relationship with the unions.

Like leaders of other countries, Mr Macron wants to see the least disruption possible when children return to school this September.

However, if September and October see outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools, the education minister has warned the Government could close them down.

Macron’s popularity rose six point in July after he signed a deal with European leaders on an economic recovery package.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega



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