Macron criticised for ‘snubbing’ France in favour of EU
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While discussing the vaccine passport that will be brought into effect in France from Saturday, Mr Macron told Le Parisien newspaper: “The unvaccinated, I really want to p*** them off. And so we’re going to continue doing so until the end. That’s the strategy.” His comments sparked a 600-strong protest in the French islands of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, during which, local MP Stéphane Claireaux was pelted with mud, seaweed, and pebbles in front of his house.
The President is well-known for his controversial comments and heightening tensions between the UK and France, even brandishing Boris Johnson a “clown” and a “knucklehead”. In a poll of 2,313 Express.co.uk readers, held from January 10 to 12, 89 percent said the time was right for Mr Macron to step down as President, whilst 11 percent said he should not.
One reader, Barry, said of his remark on antivaxxers: “A most irresponsible comment of the highest order. Macron absolutely must go!”
Another reader, Roy, added: “Mon Sewer Mouth cares for nobody but himself.”
While another voter said: “Without doubt he should resign, you must be professional in POLITICS, not put yourself at the level of a football chanting fans. Disgraceful behaviour.”
The French election is coming up in April this year, and opinion polls in France show Mr Macron has held a staggering lead over his rivals ever since his election in 2017.
The most recent poll, held by OpinionWay from January 8 to 11, showed that Mr Macron holds 25 percent of voters favour, while his main rival, Marine Le Pen, holds 17 percent.
But many Express.co.uk readers and Frexiteers remain hopeful that Ms Le Pen will secure a Donald Trump style victory and prove pollsters wrong.
Voter Charles Belton said: “Macron’s going to be booted out in a few short months anyway. Vive Le Pen. Vive Frexit.”
Jacqueline added: “I do hope Le Pen gets in. Macron is too aggressive.”
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Ms Le Pen celebrated Brexit by saying “victory for freedom!” and insisted that France must hold the same referendum.
She says EU membership has stripped France of autonomy, including on immigration, monetary and fiscal policy.
But the fall out of Brexit, and with the UK’s failure to handle the exponential rise in unsafe refugee crossings, pollsters say the French are very unlikely to vote to leave the EU.
On January 1, Mr Macron became the EU’s de facto leader as France took over the rotating presidency of the European Union.
The move that is seen to have only strengthened his campaign for re-election.
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