By Steve Dellar   |  09-04-2018   News
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French President Macron is not having his best ‘rentrée’ (a period when holidays are over and work begins again in French-speaking Europe which consists of France, Luxembourg and parts of Belgium and Switzerland) as 2 of his most popular ministers both quit and a fresh scandal which saw him mocking the French cultural heritage leaves him at a new low in polls.

This afternoon, France's Sports Minister, the very popular Ms Laura Flessel (a former Olympian) announced she was stepping down from President Macron’s government. Her resignation comes just a week after the environment minister quit his post during a fiery live radio interview.

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Although the resignation of Ms Flessel was still friendly, the one of last week was not. At the time, Mr Nicolas Hulot announced during a live radio interview that he was resigning out of despair over the government's hollow environmental commitments.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Second Minister Resigns From Macron&#39;s Cabinet. <a href="https://t.co/mG7MIGZyzD">https://t.co/mG7MIGZyzD</a> <a href="https://t.co/prgKBItWCA">pic.twitter.com/prgKBItWCA</a></p>&mdash; Channels Television (@channelstv) <a href="https://twitter.com/channelstv/status/1036959894803554304?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The remarks reportedly enraged French president Macron, seen as a champion of the Climate change movement in Europe, as he once famously pledged to "make our planet great again" after US President Donald Trump quit the Paris climate deal.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EuronewsNow?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EuronewsNow</a> | Who will France&#39;s next environment minister be? How big a blow was Hulot&#39;s resignation for Macron and how can he recover from it? Our Paris correspondent <a href="https://twitter.com/AnneliseBorges?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AnneliseBorges</a> has more on this.<a href="https://t.co/Rve1LoJ3Pb">https://t.co/Rve1LoJ3Pb</a> <a href="https://t.co/H646lKPvCE">pic.twitter.com/H646lKPvCE</a></p>&mdash; euronews (@euronews) <a href="https://twitter.com/euronews/status/1036923013629927425?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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French magazine Paris Match published a poll today which showed that only 31 percent of respondents were happy with Mr Macron's performance over the past 16 months.

Furthermore, it is clear that the enthusiasm over his presidency is eroding across all age groups on both the left and the right. Mr Macron presented himself and his political party ‘En Marche’ as centrists.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Emmanuel Macron’s latest slump in polls suggests the president&#39;s now more unpopular than his predecessor Francois Hollande at the same stage of his term <a href="https://t.co/rTVXQWqshv">https://t.co/rTVXQWqshv</a></p>&mdash; Bloomberg (@business) <a href="https://twitter.com/business/status/1036947135776915456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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All this means that Mr Macron, who was at record approval rating when elected in 2017, is now looking at a lower approval rate than that of his predecessor Mr Francois Hollande at the same stage of his presidency.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Macron&#39;s approval rating sinks to 31 percent, lower than Hollande&#39;s at the same point in his presidency <a href="https://t.co/yWpyGJs9UN">https://t.co/yWpyGJs9UN</a> <a href="https://t.co/p78ZyZ524K">pic.twitter.com/p78ZyZ524K</a></p>&mdash; Cole Stangler (@ColeStangler) <a href="https://twitter.com/ColeStangler/status/1036902646693748736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The Socialist leader Hollande, at that moment in the second year of his presidency, became unable to make a turnaround and went on to grow so unpopular that he became the very first president of the Fifth Republic not seek re-election.

Mr Macron has been locked in a war of words over the issue of immigration with some of his European counterparts (Italy, Hungary, Poland) and is mostly seen as the only true ally of Ms Merkel (Germany) who also sees her own popularity waning.

Source:

https://www.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2018/09/04/l-heure-des-choix-pour-emmanuel-macron_5349931_823448.html

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Anonymous No. 36089 1536074446

Seriously? He achieved being less popular than Hollande? That's really bad for him.

mouse No. 36099 1536077736

NOW there , THAT is some real climate change within his cabinet.. 2 resigned , ' hostile climate change. ~? or refreshing breeze. As for real

Weather find updates at real weather sites, not from tv news repeaters/[they are not 'reporters..]

macron possible has more darker cabinets than just 2 in one room.

Anonymous No. 36102 1536078829

POLE SHIFTS ARE NOT CONTROLLABLE… ROBBER BARONS!

Cheese eating surrender monkey No. 36084 1536082857
Did anyone see the picture of Ms. Flessel? Olympian? They claim...what was that fat niggress’s “sport”?: Naked gorilla 🦍 mud wrestling? “France's Sports Minister, the very popular Ms Laura Flessel (a former Olympian) announced she was stepping down from President Macron’s government. “ I’m so sick of these fucking eurotrash globalists.
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