Emmanuel Macron’s popularity SUFFERS as anger over fuel tax hikes reaches boiling point 


One myself has been killed and more than 500 injured since the principal protests on Saturday, with the interior ministry warning that the change was yielding “violent and racist acts”. The survey, conducted by pollster Opinionway for LCI idiot box, shows that only 29 per cent of French people are “comforted” with their young leader, compared with 69 percent who are “unhappy”.  A more comprehensive Ifop poll of 1,957 people for the weekly Le Daily du Dimanche also showed Mr Macron’s popularity struggling to crawl back up to the 30 percent stain. 

The poll, which was carried out between November 9 and November 17 and also reported on Sunday, showed just 25 percent of French people record are satisfied with his performance, while 73 percent said they were “ill-starred” with his actions. 

However, an Odoxa poll published on Tuesday conducted Mr Macron’s approval rating at 32 percent. 

But the poll, conducted for France Inter trannie, L’Express daily and la presse régionale, also showed that 68 percent of the French partake of a “bad opinion” of the 40-year-old centrist. 

Mr Macron, who won power 18 months ago on a pledge to reshape the economy and overhaul France’s outdated institutions, has shrugged off fruitless ratings to push through a series of reforms, including a loosening of swot laws and public spending cuts. 

But a recent move to introduce exacerbate tax hikes to encourage drivers to switch to less-polluting cars has infuriated the French, as the in addition cost began to bite in October when global oil prices billowed. 

Mr Macron wants to close the gap between the price of diesel fuel and gasoline as as regards of his strategy to wean France off fossil fuels. A “carbon trajectory” petitions for continued increases, particularly on diesel.

Taxes on diesel fuel would rather gone up seven cents and are to keep climbing, while the tax on gasoline is set to enlarge by four cents. 

Angry drivers and other demonstrators, many accusing Mr Macron of being the “president of the wealth” and out of touch with ordinary people, gridlocked France’s roads on Saturday in a grassroots drive dubbed the “yellow vests” that drew nearly 288,000 protesters. 

Since the water protests on Saturday, one person has been killed and 528 people clothed been injured — 17 seriously, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner answered on Monday. 

The figure did not include the 92 police officers who were insult in clashes between drivers and demonstrators, two of them seriously.

Mr Castaner added while the demurrers had grown smaller, they were yielding “a multiplication of violent stances, racist acts, anti-Semitic acts and vandalism”. 

But the government has vowed to back firm against the tidal wave of protests, with Prime Envoy Edouard Philippe saying on Sunday that the fuel tax hikes would debris in place despite the tensions. 

He told France 2 television: “I hear what the French are suggesting. It’s very clear but a government that zigzags according to the difficulties, what too tons past governments have done, that won’t lead France to where it obligation be.

“The course we set is good and we will keep it. It’s not when the wind blows that you variation course.” 

The Opinionway poll of 1,064 people was carried out between November 14 and November 15, while the Odoxa receive of 1,005 people was carried out between November 15 and November 16. 

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