Humiliation for Macron as huge security concern revealed ahead of Paris Olympics
Emmanuel Macron is losing the confidence of French voters to maintain law and order, according to a new poll.
The polling comes out against a backdrop of rising violent crime and terror threats in France.
The Fiducial Odoxa online poll for Le Figaro showed that nearly 73 percent of French people reported losing confidence in the French Government’s ability to maintain security in the country
The results have sparked a renewed focus on security in the country ahead of the 2024 Paris Olympics next summer.
France was rocked by nationwide riots earlier this year after a teenager of north African descent was shot by police.
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Meanwhile, in October, 57-year-old teacher Dominique Bernard was killed in a knife attack by a suspected Islamist.
The terror threat level in France remains high as a result of the war between Israel and Hamas terrorists.
In the foreign policy realm, Macron has been hit with a storm of criticism over the decision to pull out the country’s ambassador to Niger along with thousands of troops.
Since the recent military coup in Niger, the West African nation has been ruled by a junta which looks to sever ties to the old colonial power.
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The decision has been met with anger from Macron’s political opponents notably members of Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National (National Rally) party.
Writing on X, formerly Twitter, Rassemblement National MEP Dominique Bilde branded the move “humiliating”.
Ms Bilde wrote: “The humiliating repatriation of the ambassador and soldiers present in Niger proves the total weakness of Macron’s France internationally.
“In addition to the humiliation, you can be sure that within a few years we will have their migrants and islamists on our doorstep.”
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