In a very un-presidential moment, French President Macron was caught in an off-camera jibe two days ago where he said that the unemployed should better be looking for a job instead of protesting against him.
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Faced with a protest by young students whilst visiting a factory in the north of France, where unemployment levels are quite high, President Macron had clearly forgotten that his microphone was still on, Macron commented to his guide: "Au lieu de foutre le bordel, ils feraient mieux de chercher du boulot"
Translation: “Some of these kids, instead of causing trouble, they should be looking for a job instead. “
For anyone in France still guessing whether their new President Macron who ran as a moderate in the election is on the left or the right side of politics, this should make it quite clear.
Of course the defeated Socialist party of former President Hollande was keen to jump on the moment of surprise.
Their spokesperson in these dark times: convicted pervert Dominique Strauss-Khan, the former head of the IMF who was arrested for groping a cleaning lady in New York’s Sofitel hotel back in 2011a few years ago and is now being brushed up to head the Socialist party in France again.
In his first political address of his comeback, Mr Strauss-Kahn criticized President Macron for not choosing to be either left or right. Given that the current French president has quite a few rightwing ministers in his government and is trying to reform labor laws, this latest gaffe is certain to lose him support on the left side of politics, and the Socialist party is keen to jump at those voters.
Speaking at the funeral of a well-known French politician, an event where President Macron was also present, Mr Strauss-Kahn said: ‘If you are certain of your position, it is possible to make compromises with your opponents of tomorrow.’