Macron's approval rating plummets amid Covid vaccine chaos and shattered economy

EMMANUEL MACRON'S popularity has plummeted with his approval dropping to just 32 percent amid France's shambolic COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and an economy in freefall.

PUBLISHED: 17:47, Mon, Jan 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 17:58, Mon, Jan 11, 2021

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Macron and France 'are failing' on vaccine rollout says Moutet

New YouGov polling figures published by the Europe Elects poll aggregation and analysis service revealed a massive 61 percent disapproved of the French President's leadership while just 32 percent gave him their approval. Polling took place on January 5 and 6 when 1,061 people took part in the YouGov survey.

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The poor approval ratings came with Mr Macron and his government under fire for the slow pace of the vaccine rollout which medical experts say is tangled in red tape and has left France lagging behind European neighbours such as Britain and Germany.

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COVID-19 has claimed more than 67,750 lives in France, the seventh-highest death toll in the world, while 2.78 million have been infected.

One in every two intensive care beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients and non-essential procedures are still being postponed to ease the burden on hospitals.

Mr Macron personally intervened to demand the acceleration of the vaccine programme and health officials took action to simplify the process but critics complain it is still far too slow and cumbersome.

Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron's approval rating has plummeted (Image: GETTY)

Health Minister Olivier Veran defended bureaucratic safeguards but said procedures would be simplified and that shots would be delivered into arms faster.

But there is a growing mood of dissatisfaction across France and many commentators are already suggesting Mr Macron will pay a heavy price when the country goes to the polls next year.

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