Macron: Expert discusses ‘European Project’
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The worrying figure comes from the latest Eurobarometer poll which will be published later today by the EU Commission. France, which is historically one of the most eurosceptic countries in the bloc according to past polls run by the bloc, has once again topped the list of the most dissatisfied.
According to the report, seen by Politico, only 15 percent of French citizens surveyed support the EU as it is today.
France’s Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune claimed the figures show “there has been a long-standing French disappointment with Europe, but this can change because in practice Europe is becoming more French in its concerns and actions.
“It is up to us to show it.”
He also told Politico’s Playbook that in France “indeed there is an expectation of reform more than elsewhere in Europe”.
Almost 27,000 people across the EU were surveyed between March and April for the poll.
The result is particularly worrying for the EU as French people prepare to go to the polls next year.
A poll last month saw 25 to 34-year-olds lean heavily towards National Rally leader Marine Le Pen in next year’s presidential election.
The leader of the far-right party is set to win the first round of voting when France heads to the polls next year, according to a survey by French Institute of Public Opinion for Le Figaro.
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Support for Ms Le Pen increased by three points in the last month and the poll suggests she would win up to 30 percent of the first vote.
The survey suggests, in the second round run-off vote, French President Emmanuel Macron would go on to win a second term in office with 54 percent support to Ms Le Pen’s 46 percent.
Mr Macron has divided opinion in recent months, attracting criticism for his handling of the pandemic and his security bill proposals.
Sebastian Roche, a senior researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, says that Mr Macron’s security laws could cost him the election.
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He warned Mr Macron has lost all of his left-wing base while the right-wing electorate are divided between him and Ms Le Pen.
Mr Roche said: “Macron was elected as being left-wing and right-wing, and he offered a well-balanced program.
“But he has almost exclusively implemented right-wing policies, and opinion polls show we are now at a watershed: Macron has lost the support of almost all his left-wing voters.”
Charles Grant, director of the Centre for European Reform, said France will use its EU presidency in the first half of next year ahead of the French presidential elections to “promote its ideas of Europe”.
But, Mr Grant warned officials will need to produce “concrete deliverables” to help Mr Macron win.
Mr Grant wrote: “France will use its EU presidency in the first half of 2022 to promote its ideas on Europe.
“Fortunately for Macron, many of the key people in Brussels are sympathetic to France.
“Ursula von der Leyen, the Commission President, Charles Michel, the European Council President, and Josep Borrell, the High Representative for Foreign Policy, owe their jobs to Macron’s support.”
Mr Grant then added: “French officials say the first three months of their EU presidency must produce ‘concrete deliverables’, to help Macron to win re-election.
“They talk of progress on European defence, making a success of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) and starting to reform the EU’s fiscal rules.”
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