PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity ratings recovered in January, a survey showed on Tuesday, after a series of government concessions aimed at ending a wave of “yellow vest” protests against high living costs.
The demonstrations shaking France since mid-November had further dented Macron’s standing at the end of last year, with his popularity dropping to record lows amid a backlash that started out as an outcry over planned fuel tax hikes.
December - Macron - Measures - Protesters - Wage
These were dropped in early December and Macron has since offered up further measures to appease protesters, including wage rises for the poorest workers.
The 41-year-old’s approval ratings jumped by 5 percentage points to 28 percent in January from a month earlier, the Ifop-Fiducial poll for Paris Match and Sud Radio showed, after two straight months of declines in its poll.
Surveys - Improvement - Macron - Popularity - December
Some other recent surveys also showed improvement in Macron’s popularity in late December, albeit smaller ones.
The Ifop poll of 1,014 people was carried out on Jan. 3-4, before the latest marches last Saturday when rioters torched motorbikes and set barricades ablaze in Paris.
Government - Stance
The French government has since toughened its stance and...
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