French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity among the country’s voters is sinking to near-record-low levels a few months after his election win, according to a new Harris Poll.
Only 37% of voters approve of the job Macron is doing, down from a high of 57% after his election in May. Macron, a pro-business centrist — who was elected in a landslide over Marine Le Pen, a far-right nationalist, 66% to 34% — has since come under fire for his domestic agenda.
Though Macron made a strong debut on the international stage, hosting President Donald Trump in Paris, he’s now seeking to loosen France’s employment standards, making it easier for companies to fire workers, The Wall Street Journal reported. And that could prime powerful unions, along with students and retirees, to protest his proposed reforms.
He could be facing an “alliance of the aggrieved” when he plans to roll out his plans in September, one union official told The Journal.
Macron’s election win may have been boosted, however, by exceptionally low turnout: Over one-third of voters didn’t vote for either candidate.
Macron’s low approval rating has company across the Atlantic Ocean: Trump’s is sitting at 37%, according to a recent ABC News/ Washington Post poll.
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