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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 September 2018

France's Macron sees popularity fall to 40 per cent: poll

It slumped a further 14 points in August after dropping by 10 points in July

French president Emmanuel Macron reacts during a joint news conference with Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov on August 25, 2017. Stoyan Nenov / Reuters
French president Emmanuel Macron reacts during a joint news conference with Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov on August 25, 2017. Stoyan Nenov / Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron's popularity rating slumped a further 14 points in August to hit 40 per cent, following a sharp 10-point drop the previous month, according to a poll released on Sunday.

Prime minister Edouard Philippe also saw his popularity fall nine points over the same period, with 47 per cent now satisfied with his performance, the Ifop poll carried out for the Journal du Dimanche newspaper showed.

Mr Macron has seen his popularity plunge 22 points since the first Ifop poll published three months ago, when he enjoyed a rating of 62 per cent just after his May 7 election win.

At this point in 2012, his socialist predecessor Francois Hollande had a much higher popularity rating of 54 per cent while Nicolas Sarkozy boasted an even higher 67 per cent in 2007.

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In August, 36 per cent of respondents said they were "somewhat satisfied" with Mr Macron, down 11 points, and four per cent were "very satisfied", a fall of three points.

The 39-year-old, who shot to power promising to overcome France's entrenched right-left divide, has since come under fire for his labour reform programme and budget and public spending cuts.

France's youngest ever president is especially out of favour with civil servants after vowing to put a brake on their salary increases.

The Ifop survey of 1,023 people was carried out online and by telephone on August 25 and 26.

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