Emmanuel Macron loses political capital as reform benefits stutter

Retrouvez dans cet article un court extrait de mon interview par Harriet Agnew du Financial Times

Le vendredi 21 septembre nous avons visité l’entreprise DSMI puis la Direction Régionale de Pôle Emploi, discuté de la transition énergétique et abordé le contexte économique local de Loire-Atlantique.[…]

Mr Macron’s supporters maintain that a deep transformation of France will take time. “We are putting in place all the pillars to reform our society,” says Anne-France Brunet, an energetic political novice and early supporter of Mr Macron’s fledgling grassroots movement, now one of a crop of new members of the National Assembly.

Anne-France Brunet, LaREM © Thomas Girondel/FT

“In one year we laid the foundations, put in place the projects and the laws . . . we have the merit of doing things even if it is not fast enough for some. We cannot say that this is disappointing because it’s only been a year.”

Speaking to journalists this week Bruno Le Maire, finance minister, acknowledged the lag between reforms put in place and results reaped. “We already have the first benefits of the reforms, but these are for the time being limited,” he said. The “French are sceptical, they are asking for very concrete results and I think it takes time before getting the full benefits of the reforms.”

While Mr Macron’s approval ratings are at record lows, there are signs that people still believe he can change France. In an Ifop survey published this month by the Atlántico website, 55 per cent of French people said they were convinced the president would continue to “reform the country in depth”.

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