Macaron after a hundred days in the Elysee: external successes and internal criticism
The latest polls in France show that President Emmanuel Macaron's popularity has dropped to about 36%. Numbers are a bell for the president who has barely completed 100 days at the Elysee Palace. Although Macaron has had some foreign policy successes, he faces internal criticism and growing skepticism about his performance. The young president is still waiting for many thorny files in the next stage.

French President Emmanuel Macaron on Monday completed a 100-day run at the Elysee Palace with a sharp decline in his popularity according to the latest polls and growing skepticism about his performance.

The latest figures in France's poll appear to be a warning to President Emmanuel Macaron, with only 36% of the French expressing their satisfaction with the president's performance, compared with 62% three months ago, according to the Institute of Opinion Polls, an unprecedented decline since the fall of the popularity of Jacques Chirac 1995.

"Emanuel McCron comes out of the grace period to enter the actual atmosphere and bear the political cost of his decisions," said Jerome Fouquet of the IFOP Institute.

Internal criticism due to economic policies


Though Macron has made several electoral promises, such as voting on a law on ethics in political life after a scandals campaign, measures to reduce the budget deficit have angered many French people.

Critics of his policies are officials of the official circles who denounce the announcement of a freeze on their wages, pensioners angry at the planned increase in tax on their pensions, and middle-aged families who are disappointed with the reduction in housing aid.

A plan to reduce the defense budget has also prompted the French chief of staff to resign after a sharp rebuke from the president provoked tension among the military.

The conservative newspaper Le Figaro on Saturday called it a "macaron in the face of the French chill."

Emmanuel McCron, who was almost unknown to public opinion just five years ago, has been a source of great enthusiasm and rejection, inspiring some hope for change, while others view the political and economic elite.

His center-right policy, based on a program borrowed from "left and right", faces criticism from both sides of the political community.

"No hard work has been done yet," said right-wing opposition leader Eric Forte, while Socialists denounce the program "neither from the left nor from the right."

Government spokesman Christoph Castaner responded in an article published on Facebook on Sunday that everyone knows "the enormity of the task to be done," but these first 100 days "allowed the laying of the rules for a profound transformation in our country."

Labor law reforms and the adoption of the 2018 budget .. Challenges waiting for the macaroni


But the resumption of political life after the summer holidays will seem to be confused with the expected reform of the labor law on a line that is seen as supportive of corporate interests. Two unions have now called for a day of protests on 12 September, while the radical left plans to organize a "popular rally" on the 23rd of this month.

The adoption of the budget for 2018 will also face difficulties as it is expected to provide a reduction of 11 billion euros as mandatory deductions, accompanied by new savings.

Foreign policy successes


The president did not face the same obstacles on the international scene, where he faced the world's top two figures, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump, who received them successfully in Paris despite some criticism.

He is keen to show his understanding with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hopes to revive the European Union after the setback of the BRICEST decision.

McCron's success in bringing together the two main players of Libya's Al-Sarraj and Khalifa Hafer is an important diplomatic success for the French president.

On the other hand, his "pragmatic" stance on Syria and his proposal to set up immigration shelters in Libya raised more reservations.

Government spokesman Christophe Castaner wrote that France was "re-positioned in the middle of the game".

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