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French voters turn against President Macron

  • More than half of French voters are now dissatisfied with their president
  • A new poll shows Emmanuel Macron is down 14 percentage points from July
  • The result comes halfway through a schedule of visits to European capitals 

Most French voters are now dissatisfied with President Emmanuel Macron’s performance, a poll showed on Sunday. 

The poll’s result marks a dramatic turnaround for a president who basked in a landslide election victory less than four months ago.

Macron received a dissatisfaction rating of 57 per cent, 14 percentage points worse the last poll – conducted by Ifop for newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD) – in July. 

Most French voters are now dissatisfied with President Emmanuel Macron’s (pictured with wife Brigitte) performance, a poll showed on Sunday

President Emmanuel Macron (centre) leading the first government meeting after the summer break on Monday

President Emmanuel Macron (centre) leading the first government meeting after the summer break on Monday

Forty per cent expressed satisfaction with the centrist leader, which is also down 14 points from July.

Macron – who is midway through a schedule of official visits to various European capitals – has suffered a number of setbacks since being elected, including tough debates in parliament over labour reform, a standoff with the military and cuts to housing assistance.

The Ifop poll showed the cumulative drop in Macron’s popularity ratings since May was bigger than that of previous president Francois Hollande over the same period of his tenure.

The poll also showed a drop in popularity for Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, with 47 per cent expressing satisfaction with him – down nine points from last month. 

President Macron (pictured) received a dissatisfaction rating of 57 per cent, 14 percentage points worse the last poll  in July

President Macron (pictured) received a dissatisfaction rating of 57 per cent, 14 percentage points worse the last poll in July

President Macron's labrador-griffon cross called 'Nemo' pays a visit to ministers as they attend the first government meeting held by the French leader after the summer break 

President Macron’s labrador-griffon cross called ‘Nemo’ pays a visit to ministers as they attend the first government meeting held by the French leader after the summer break 

Nemo follows President Macron after he recently adopted him from the SPA animal protection society

Nemo follows President Macron after he recently adopted him from the SPA animal protection society

It comes after it was revealed the French leader spent 26,000 euros (£24,047) on makeup during his first three months in power. 

His office confirmed the report in Le Point news magazine on Friday, and said it’s trying to find a cheaper alternative. 

It said the cost includes the pay of a freelance makeup artist who follows Macron for his television appearances and trips abroad. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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