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French President Emmanuel Macron saw his poll ratings sink this month, as he recorded one of the worst leadership approval scores in the entire European Union. The French leader has been beset by a series of coronavirus scandals, including furious confrontations with medical workers and healthcare protests. This week, it was also revealed that a billion face masks were burned earlier this year, ahead of the coronavirus pandemic reaching France.
The new poll, carried out by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, involved 1,500 people from three major EU countries – Italy, Germany and France.
While leaders in Italy and Germany have enjoyed a polling boost, Mr Macron hit a record low.
Euronews, who commissioned the poll, said: “In Germany, which had a relatively low death toll, people wholeheartedly backed their Government’s handling of the coronavirus.
“Macron, Merkel and Conte all enjoyed a rise in support early in the crisis but that has since eroded for the French leader.”
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Around 78 percent of people in Germany and 56 percent of Italians thought their national government had handled the pandemic well.
However, just 31 percent of French people thought their political leadership had handled the crisis well while a whopping 63 percent reported that they had handled the crisis poorly.
According to the Euronews poll, almost half of France disapproved of Mr Macron’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with 49 percent disapprove and just 27 percent approving.
This is compared to a 72 percent approval rating for Angela Merkel and and 54 percent approval in Italy’s leader Giuseppe Conte.
President Macron has desperately tried to salvage his political image following the coronavirus crisis which has ravaged the country.
However, this week, it emerged that masks believed to be too old for use were destroyed and not replaced as France scaled back its pandemic planning.
The shock revelation showed that army base staff incinerated much of the country’s supply of facemasks, which had reach a peak of 1.7 billion in 2011, as part of cost-cutting measures.
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Earlier this month the French President lost his absolute majority in the French parliament after seven defectors joined a new bloc to demand a more left-wing agenda.
The same poll from Euronews also showed that Euroscepticism was on the rise across the European Union’s biggest economies.
The poll found that 61 percent of Italians said the coronavirus pandemic had weakened the case for the existence of the European Union, with 47 percent of French and 40 percent of Germans expressing the same view.
A majority of respondents in all three nations also agreed that the EU had not done enough to help their respective countries battle against the spread of the virus.
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