France’s Macron firms up bounce in opinion polls

20 Dec, 2017 9:40 am

PARIS (Reuters) – French president Emmanuel Macron’s popularity jumped back above 50 percent thanks in part to better ratings among the young and the working class, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, confirming a rebound that started at the beginning of December.

Macron’s popularity dropped quickly after he swept to an electoral victory in May on a centrist platform, shattering a long-standing two-party system in France.

But while the former investment banker has struggled to shake off a “president of the rich” tag pinned on him by rivals for policies such as cuts in housing benefits, Macron’s efforts to defend French interests abroad have helped lift his ratings.

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