French President Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating falls below 50 per cent

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In a survey by pollster Ifop for the weekly Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper, 44 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with Macron, down 6 points from Ifop’s previous poll in January.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating has fallen below 50 per cent to its lowest level since October last year, a poll showed on Sunday, as the government pushes ahead with plans to shake up France’s costly civil service.

In a February 7-17 survey by pollster Ifop for the weekly Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper, 44 per cent of respondents said they were satisfied with Macron, down 6 points from Ifop’s previous poll in January.

It was the lowest approval rating for Macron since October, when it stood at 42 per cent.

The government announced plans in early February to modernise the public administration in a country with one of the highest public spending ratios in the world.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government would have no qualms about making changes in the public sector, even if it encounters resistance. His budget minister Gerald Darmanin also said a voluntary redundancy plan for government employees could be a possible move.

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