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Macron, ’President of the rich’ sparks political furore

Macron’s popularity has fallen sharply

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PARIS, France - The French President Emmanuel Macron got into more trouble on Thursday after he accused some disgruntled workers of 'stirring up sh*t' merely weeks after calling critics of his labour reforms 'slackers'.

Macron, whose popularity has fallen sharply since his election in May visited the central town of Egletons on Wednesday after around 150 workers and former colleagues who had been laid off clashed with police during a protest at the GM&S auto parts plant in the same area.

Referring to a town about 140 kilometres (85 miles) away, Macron said at a foundry that is hiring in Ussel, “Some, instead of stirring up sh*t, would be better off looking for work.”

He said, “There are some who, rather than wreaking f---ing havoc, would be better off seeking if they could get a job there because some of them have the right qualifications."

A lawmaker of the hard-left France Unbowed party, Adrien Quatennens said that the 39-year-old president “doesn't know what it means to look for work.”

Meanwhile, the Socialist Party said in a tweet, “Macron does it again.” 

The party called on Macron to “watch his language and respect the French people.” 

The conservative Republicans party too voiced their disapproval of the president’s remarks.

Previously too, Macron has found himself in trouble after being contemptuous of critics or ordinary people.

Earlier in September, days before a union-led protest against Macron's labour reforms, he said he would not back down “to slackers, cynics and extremists.”

Defending the President, Government spokesman Christophe Castaner said on Thursday, “A president should be able... to use the words that we all use all the time.”

In a YouGov poll released on Thursday, Macron’s approval rating stood at 32 percent.

Meanwhile, Christophe Barbier, political analyst for BFM TV insisted that Macron’s words were part of a choreographed political strategy to appeal to conservatives and offer ammunition to the far Left of Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Barbier said, "Macron is not an idiot. If he did it once he would correct himself... but if he does it repeatedly it's because he has a political objective."

Political commentator Laurent Neumann said, "This is no slip-up. It's clearly his vision of the economy. He is saying that people need to get trained and be mobile."



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