France: Macron’s popularity rate drops amid deadly fuel protests
French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity rate has dropped to 25 percent, during a tumultuous week marked by nationwide protests over fuel prices.
A popularity survey conducted by research group Ifop on nearly 2,000 participants in mid-November showed a 4-percent drop in Macron’s popularity compared to October.
According to a report published in the Journal du Dimanche on Sunday, 4 percent of those surveyed were “very satisfied” with Macron’s performance, and 21 percent were “mostly satisfied.”
On the other hand, 34 percent were “mostly dissatisfied,” and 39% were “very dissatisfied.”
The report did not say what the remaining 2 percent of participants in the poll thought about Macron’s performance.
Some of the drop in Macron’s popularity could be attributed to the French president’s high fuel prices.
On Saturday, mass protests were held nationwide over the matter. Nearly 283,000 people took part in the “yellow vest” protests.
More than 400 people were injured, 14 of them seriously, during the fuel price protests that swept through France. A woman died in the ensuing violence and 28 members of the police and fire brigade also sustained injuries.
The uproar spread to 87 locations around the country, with protesters blocking roads in a show of anger at fuel tax increases.