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One year on, France is conflicted about Macron

The journalists’ hostility to Macron goes beyond politics or ideology: he’s trying to force them to embrace reality

By Lucy Wadham   June 2018

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One year after his election it’s hard to tell from French coverage of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency that, despite the chaos of demonstrations, train strikes and a string of unpopular reforms, he is more popular at this stage than his three predecessors were. With an approval rating of 44 per cent, Macron has retained the support of nine tenths of those who voted for his En Marche! movement, also winning the approval of half of republican and a third of socialist voters.

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