It turns out that calling nationalism a “betrayal” as the globalist ethos swallows your country faster than Gerard Depardieu swallows a dozen croissants does not exactly gin up public enthusiasm.
According to Agence France Presse, the French President Emmanuel Macron has seen a heavy drop in his popularity rating. The drop to 25% approval comes shortly after a major protest over high fuel prices in the country.
“The poll by research group Ifop was published in the Journal du Dimanche a day after a nationwide ‘yellow vest’ protest against high fuel prices that analysts say has come to represent widespread frustration with the 40-year-old president,” reports AFP. “The results of the widely watched poll showed an overall fall of four points in November from the previous month, with only four percent of respondents saying they were ‘very satisfied’ with Macron’s performance, while 21 percent were ‘mostly satisfied.’
Of those polled, 34% were “mostly dissatisfied” with Macron while 39% were “very dissatisfied” with him.
While the numbers certainly do not look good for Macron, he is not an outlier. In fact, French voters have become increasingly dissatisfied with their leaders after electing them into office. Macron’s predecessors Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy were on the receiving end of this sobering lesson. Francoise Hollande, the socialist president, still holds the record for lowest approval rating in the French Fifth Republic’s history, falling all the way to an embarrassing 4% by the end of his term.
Much of Hollande’s downfall was, undoubtedly, related to the string of terrorist attacks that rocked France throughout the migrant crisis, where scores of Islamic refugees entered into Europe from Syria and other parts of the Middle-East. At one point during the 2016 election, Hollande said that then-candidate Trump’s rhetoric toward Muslims disgusted him.
“His excesses make you want to retch, even in the United States, especially when — as was Donald Trump’s case — he speaks ill of a soldier, of the memory of a soldier,” Hollande told the AFP.
Hollande denounced Trump’s comments as “hurtful and humiliating” while warning people that democracy itself would die if Americans elected him for President.
“Democracy is also at stake, as we see more and more people tempted by authoritarianism,” said Hollande. “If the American people choose Trump it will have consequences worldwide because the U.S. is a global economy.”
Macron could be headed for the same dismal approval ratings as Hollande if he keeps up his anti-nationalist stance. Last week, during a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I, Macron denounced nationalism as a “betrayal of patriotism.”
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism,” Macron said. “Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism. By putting our own interests first, with no regard for others, we erase the very thing that a nation holds dearest, and the thing that keeps it alive: its moral values.”
At the same time as Macron’s approval numbers slip, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced she will not seek reelection as the immigration debate heats up in her country. Other political experts say that Merkel has become a “lame duck” and may be out sooner than 2021.