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Emmanuel Macron suffers approval blow over immigration

PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:12 pm

Emmanuel Macron suffers approval blow over immigration

While the French centrist has scored points on the international scene, positioning himself as an ambitious reformer, his reputation among French voters is slowly deteriorating.

The 40-year-old leader received an average score of 3.74 out of 10 for his efforts to tackle the migrant crisis at home and abroad, according to the survey by the pollster Ifop for the weekly Le Journal du Dimanche.

The poll also showed that 57 per cent of French people disapprove of the young centrist’s immigration policy, pollsters said, adding that Mr Macron did not score higher than five out of 10 for his handling of the migration crisis.

“Mr Macron’s handling of immigration is an issue that has stirred public opinion and put the need to find a long-term solution to the crisis back on the agenda,” Ifop’s deputy chief Frédéric Dabi told Europe 1 radio on Sunday.

“The French have the impression that there is a strong sense of powerlessness among EU nations concerning the migration crisis, in part due to the lack of results,” Mr Dabi said, adding that French people “expect more” of Mr Macron.

The president’s sharp tongue and reputation for arrogance have dented his image and popularity among voters.

His recent dispute with Italy, after he accused Rome’s new government of “cynicism and irresponsibility” for refusing to take in a ship carrying migrants, for example, provoked a diplomatic spat between Paris and Rome and drew harsh criticism at home.

In addition, recent controversies over lavish spending at his residences and biting remarks he made on welfare benefits have also dragged down his poll numbers.

Last month, Mr Macron sparked outrage after saying France should stop ploughing “large amounts of dough” into a welfare system that fails to rescue the poor from poverty.

Weeks later, reports emerged that taxpayers’ money would be used to pay for fancy dinner plates at the Elysée Palace and a new swimming pool at a presidential retreat on the Riviera.

The French, however, still describe Mr Macron as a dynamic leader hell-bent on modernising France: on average, those interviewed gave him a score of five of 10 for his efforts to reboot the economy and put France back on the world map.

Some 73 per cent of respondents, for their part, said they approved of the way Mr Macron represents them abroad, giving his foreign policy efforts an average score of 5.74 out of 10.

“The French are telling [Ifop] that France is becoming more modern, that their country is undergoing deep transformations, but they expect more concrete results from the government in the areas of immigration, security and unemployment,” Mr Dabi added.

Another opinion poll published on Thursday last week further confirmed Mr Macron’s sharp loss of support.

The poll, conducted by Elabe for the financial daily Les Echos and Radio Classique, showed that only 34 per cent of French people trust Mr Macron, a fall of six percentage points on the previous month.

Sixty per cent of respondents told pollsters they “don’t trust” their young leader, up five percentage points from last month.

The Elabe poll of 1,001 people was carried out between July 3 and July 4, while the Ifop poll of 1,012 people was carried out between July 4 and July 5. ... mmigration
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