A survey conducted by pollsters Elabe found just 45 per cent of French voters have confidence in the new French president – lower than any of his recent predecessors in the past two decades.
The figures are even lower than Francois Hollande enjoyed at the start of his presidency, when 58 per cent of the French electorate said they had confidence in the former Socialist party leader.
Mr Hollande left the Champs-Élysées with an abysmal 26 per cent approval rating in April, and his party now has the support of just six per cent of the French people.
French voters have even less confidence in Mr Macron’s appointment for prime minister, Edouard Philippe, with just 36 per cent of the public backing him.
Despite substandard voter confidence, other surveys have suggested Mr Macron is well within reach of securing a majority in France’s parliamentary elections next month.
Mr Macron and Mr Philippe enter government with the lowest confidence ratings in recent times
Emmanuel Macron's inauguration
Sun, May 14, 2017
French president-elect Emmanuel Macron's inauguration in pictures.
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French President Emmanuel Macron poses with his wife Brigitte Trogneux at the Elysee presidential Palace
As his cross-party cabinet held its first meeting yesterday, a new OpinionWay/ORPI poll found Mr Macron’s En Marche! (REM) party is set to win 27 per cent of the votes in the first round of the National Assembly election on June 11, ahead of all other parties.
The poll projected that after the second round on June 18, Mr Macron’s party would have secured 280-300 seats of the 535 mainland seats in the lower house.
The figures put the president a maximum of nine seats away from winning an absolutely majority of 289 in the French parliament, when including overseas territories.
Mr Le-Drian will return to government in charge of Europe and foreign policy
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Mon, May 15, 2017
Brigitte Trogneux: A high school teacher and the wife of the French politician Emmanuel Macron.
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France's new first lady Brigitte Trogneux in pictures
Nicolas Hulot, appointed head of ecology and environment, has no prior political experience
Present at Mr Macron’s first cabinet meeting were conservative economy and budget ministers Bruno Le Maire and Gerald Darmanin, TV environmentalist Nicolas Hulot, in charge of ecology and energy, and Jean Yves-Le Drian, a veteran Socialist who was defence minister in Hollande’s government and is now in charge of Europe and foreign policy.
Government spokesman Christophe Castaner told a news conference: “Having different political backgrounds will not stop us working intelligently for France, this was the first message the president wanted to convey.”
Mr Castaner said labour reform, highly controversial in France, would be launched “very quickly” to deal with the country’s high 9.6 per cent unemployment rate.