‘EMPEROR of Europe’ Macron caused his OWN downfall as support PLUMMETS

BELGIAN MEP Mark Demesmaeker suggested the" hopes" and "expectations" Emmanuel Macron created ahead of his election are hard to transform into reality – sparking a popularity plunge in the polls for the French President.

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Mr Demesmaeker revealed he had questioned whether Emmanuel Macron’s political experiment in France would be sustainable in the long-term since his election.

He suggested the French President struggled to transform the expectations he fuelled during the electoral campaign into reality.

Speaking to Raw Politics, the Belgian MEP said: “His political movement – which rose out of nothing, it grew like a mushroom, without any political structure behind them – I was wondering from the beginning if this is a sustainable political project, party or is it going to disappear very very soon?

“He has created a lot of expectations, a lot of hopes with people and, of course, between dream and reality there’s a big difference.”

Mr Macron saw his approval rating nosedive at the end of October, with only 26 percent of French people now saying they support him and his policies.

According to poll data published on Wednesday by Kantar Public, 71 percent of those surveyed said they had no confidence in the President’s ability to run the country.

Mr Demesmaeker suggested the “unclear” reshuffle of his Cabinet cost Mr Macron support from the public: “You’ve had this problem within his Cabinet – with heavyweight ministers leaving – in circumstances not always very clear to everybody. So yes, he’s been in trouble.”

Three members of Cabinet, including Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, turned in their resignation between August and October. Environment minister Nicolas Hulot surprised the President as he announced he would quit during a live radio show.

Mr Macron saw his approval rating nosedive at the end of October, with only 26 percent of French people now saying they support him and his policies.

According to poll data published on Wednesday by Kantar Public, 71 percent of those surveyed said they had no confidence in the President’s ability to run the country.

Mr Demesmaeker suggested the “unclear” reshuffle of his Cabinet cost Mr Macron support from the public: “You’ve had this problem within his Cabinet – with heavyweight ministers leaving – in circumstances not always very clear to everybody. So yes, he’s been in trouble.”

Three members of Cabinet, including Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, turned in their resignation between August and October. Environment minister Nicolas Hulot surprised the President as he announced he would quit during a live radio show.

French citizens have repeatedly accused Mr Macron of being out of touch with the average person and have dubbed him the “president of the rich”.

His image was not helped by several political blunders, such as dismissing an unemployed man’s problems in a video that went viral.

Meanwhile, it was also revealed he has spent around £23,000 on make-up in the first three months in the Élysée Palace, as well as ordering 1,200 plates worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

More than 100,000 protestors took to the streets at the beginning of October to oppose new economic policies that would see some people suffering cuts to their monthly support.

Leaders on the left have accused Macron of “destroying France’s social model” and labour unions are planning more demonstrations.

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also saw confidence in his leadership fall by 3 percentage points, with 64 percent saying they had no confidence in him.

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