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Can Macron get labour reforms to work?

The president’s approval ratings are now dire—but the big test is yet to come

By George Magnus  

French President Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Blondet Eliot/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

It seems only yesterday that Emmanuel Macron swept to power in France’s presidential election, and his political movement, EN MARCHE!, secured a commanding victory in subsequent parliamentary elections. Fears that France would succumb to the Front National’s populism proved groundless. Yet Macron’s latest approval rating stands at just 36 per cent, not dissimilar to that of Donald Trump. And this is before he has done anything really controversial to address the country’s structural economic problems. Last week, though, he began, and…

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