Emmanuel Macron humiliated: Andrew Neil's brutal swipe at 'desperate' French President

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Emmanuel Macron humiliated: Andrew Neil's brutal swipe at 'desperate' French President

This was evident when the BBC's Andrew Neil described the French President as "desperate" as his polling plunged. Mr Neil hinted that the French Pr

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This was evident when the BBC’s Andrew Neil described the French President as “desperate” as his polling plunged. Mr Neil hinted that the French President was in an even weaker position than former Prime Minister Theresa May and ex-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who both came under pressure during the Brexit process. In his comments made on a February 2019 episode of BBC This Week, he said: “If you think things are rough for the Maybot and Jezza the red, and believe me they are, that’s nothing compared with President Macron’s predicament across La Manche and I am not talking about Gilets jaunes trying to set fire to his capital every weekend.

“Oh no, I am talking about the thoughts of his most loyal advisers who think his popularity is now so dire that the best way to improve his poll ratings would be if his wife died.

“Died so that he can project himself to the nation as a grieving widower.

“Now, that’s what you call desperation.”

The claims that Mr Macron’s advisors said this were made in a book titled ‘Madame La Presidente’.

A source close to the couple told the authors: “For them, this grieving widower would be wonderful. They are in love with him.”

The book is by the Parisien newspaper’s political journalists Ava Djamshidi and Nathalie Schuck.

The startling claims came in the aftermath of persisting Yellow vest protests as many in France raged at Mr Macron’s economic policies.

They have become notorious for huge protests in Paris which are still occurring today.

The movement saw demonstrators hit out at fuel taxes initially, but this anger broadened to other issues.

The lower middle classes in France opposed Mr Macron as they saw him as a “president of the rich” and perceived him as being out of touch.

In an interview from October last year, the French President is cited as saying: “It is a gigantic collective failure for which I share responsibility. But I have three years to change that.”

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“They said: ‘He’s the president.’ It was perceived as a form of humiliation.”

Mr Macron admitted that he underestimated the power of the movement at first because the demonstrations “were smaller than those against the reform of (national rail operator) SNCF”.



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