There is a bit of schadenfraude on the far left and the right about French president Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating, which has sunk from 64 to 54 percent in one month. See, Marxists and conservatives howl, the Little Napoleon is already disappointing the French.
Disapproval is strongest among certain demographics — civil servants, pensioners and supporters of the Mouvement démocrate party.
Which is hardly surprising when Macron intends to fire tens of thousands of bureaucrats, has proposed to bring public-sector pensions in line with those in the private sector and lost three ministers of the Democratic Movement to a spending scandal. Read more
Emmanuel Macron has come under criticism for creating an “imperial” or “Jupiterian” presidency in France.
A speech in Versailles today, in which he is due to brief lawmakers on his agenda, is the latest example.
The French don’t have a “state of union” tradition. Macron’s predecessor, François Hollande, only assembled a joint session of parliament once and that was after the 2015 terrorist attacks.
The setting — the palace of Sun King Louis XIV — lends credence to the accusations against Macron, but this is unfair. Joint sessions of parliament always gather in Versailles, simply because neither the National Assembly nor the Senate can seat so many lawmakers. Read more
France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, has warned that his country could strike unilaterally if more poison gas is used in the Syrian conflict.
“If chemical weapons are used on the ground and we know how to find out their provenance, France will launch strikes to destroy the chemical weapons stocks,” he told European newspapers this week. Read more
Losing Ministers May Be Blessing in Disguise for Macron
It all seemed to be going so well. In May, Emmanuel Macron won a convincing mandate from French voters, beating the National Front’s Marine Le Pen with 66 to 34 percent support. This month, his presidential party, La République En Marche, won 350 out of 577 seats in the National Assembly, one of the biggest landslides in French political history.
Now in the space of one week, Macron has lost four of his ministers. All have stepped down to face allegations of impropriety. Read more
After Landslide, Macron’s Challenge Lies in Forgotten France
French president Emmanuel Macron has won a comfortable majority for his centrist party, La République En Marche, but low turnout points to the difficult task ahead: convincing the less prosperous half of France to give him a chance. Read more