we have to endorse unpopularity today, I will endorse it
,” Emmanuel Macron boldly asserted in his television interview.
The "if" is too much.
With 28% positive opinions in the Ifop-
published last Sunday, the Head of State pays a high price for the majority opposition to the pension reform.
Will the fall continue?
For now, Macron does not hold the palm of rejection.
It has been forgotten but, although they later became iconic figures, François Mitterrand (26% in 1984, 22% at the end of 1991) and Jacques Chirac (27% at the end of 1995 and the end of 2006) have plunged lower.
Not to mention François Hollande who reached a low of 13% in the fall of 2014. But this 28% is not a personal low point either.
From November 2018 to March 2019, the head of state had been even more unpopular.
If the situation is hardly enviable today with regard to public opinion, the president can reassure himself by remembering to have known worse;
and especially by having been able to bounce back after
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