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Macron faces opposition at home and abroad

French President Emmanuel Macron stands at a crucial moment – it’s a watershed moment for him.

When Macron came to power in 2017, he promised to “transform, not reform” France. He called for an international roadmap to fight terrorism and promised zero tolerance for crimes. Macron is France’s youngest president and three years after taking office he has faced multiple challenges.

Macron is battling criticism at home and abroad and thousands of miles from Paris there are people burning Macron effigies, stepping on his photos, brandishing swords and calling for a boycott of French products.

In Pakistan, things got out of hand. The government bowed to the Islamists and allowed the French envoy to leave the country. Macron suddenly became one of the most controversial leaders in the world defending the French constitution, sovereignty and freedom of expression.

He cracked down on terrorism and called political Islam and in doing so he became one of the most hated leaders in the Muslim world. There are countries that support Macron as he fights radicalism, but there are also countries like Pakistan. Leaders like Imran Khan, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohammad trying to form a chorus against Macron.

Macron’s troubles don’t end there, in Marseille people are protesting against the Wuhan virus containment measures. Restaurant owners want the Macron government to authorize the reopening of businesses. Gym owners want their gyms to reopen, nightclub owners also have the same demand.

In Cannes, people are unhappy with the Macron government.

“We have been closed since October 15, there is no one left. We planned to open on April 1, because now it is not worth it. Just to sell two rooms, the money goes just walking through the window. So it’s a shame. Cannes works on conventions. We haven’t had a convention this year. It works on domestic travel and flights,” hotel owner Pruly said. , Jean-Luc Drouot.

Similar sentiments are echoed across France where restrictions have been put in place to deal with the impact of the second wave of the Wuhan virus. After the Macron government proposed a security law that would make posting images of police officers a criminal offence, things got worse for him.

The government says the proposal aims to protect police officials and critics say it endangers journalists and observers who take photos and video of police conduct during protests.

France is heading for a presidential election in 2022. Macron won 66% of the French vote in 2017, but a year after taking office he has faced demonstrations by yellow vests. Macron’s approval rating has fallen to 29%, now add the pandemic and the humanitarian crisis it has caused, add to that the global economic crisis, the protests against Macron at home and abroad…

A poll in October found that 63% of people disapproved of Macron. Its popularity fell by 3% in one month. When Macron came to power in 2017, he promised to transform France and the French police system and promised to defend secularism and fight terrorism.

If Macron manages to change things, he will set an example not only for Europe but for the whole world, but if he slips up, he loses his job.