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French President Macron’s Popularity Rating Takes a Hit

French President Emmanuel Macron listens as Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo delivers her speech during a ceremony at the Hotel de Ville in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Charles Platiau

French President Emmanuel Macron listens as Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo delivers her speech during a ceremony at the Hotel de Ville in Paris, France, May 14, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Charles Platiau

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity rating has slumped by 10% points this month, according to an Ifop poll on Sunday (July 23) – the biggest decline for a new president since 1995.

The poll, published in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper, said 54% of people in France were satisfied with Macron in July, compared with 64% in June.

It added the last time a newly elected president had lost ground in that way was Jacques Chirac in 1995. The Ifop poll echoed a similar finding in a recent BVA poll.

Macron has had a tough month, marked by a public row over military spending cuts with top armed forces chief General Pierre de Villiers that led to de Villiers’ resignation.

Macron also ending up overruling his own prime minister by vowing to press ahead with tax cuts in 2018, while plans to cut housing benefits have also come in for criticism.