Emmanuel Macron’s popularity bounces back

French President Emmanuel Macron | Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

French president’s recovery is ‘unprecedented,’ pollster says.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has bounced back from a summer slump, according to an opinion poll published Sunday.

Fifty-two percent of respondents are now satisfied with Macron’s work — up from 40 percent in August and an increase of six points over the last month, the survey by pollster IFOP for the Journal de Dimanche newspaper found.

The newspaper said such a rebound was “unprecedented” for a French president.

“None of his predecessors were able to climb out of the depths of unpopularity,” Frédéric Dabi, IFOP’s deputy director-general, told the paper.

After romping to victory in May’s presidential run-off, Macron’s popularity plummeted following the announcement of unpopular proposals to cut taxes for the wealthy and reform labor laws — so much so that he was described as France’s least popular president at the four-month mark.

The popularity of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has also risen, to 54 percent, the IFOP survey found.

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