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Brice Hortefeux, a former French minister, gave a scathing assessment of Mr Macron’s time period as President as French residents put together for subsequent yr’s presidential vote. The President is ready to be challenged by far-right chief Marine Le Pen subsequent April. Final week each social gathering leaders suffered humiliating ends in a regional vote.
In an interview with French channel CNews, Mr Hortefeux stated since getting into workplace in Might 2017 President Macron has executed no reforms.
He stated: “The results of Macron’s five-year term are both disorder and no reforms.
“The dysfunction as a result of now we have lived a social dysfunction.
“Remember the mess with the yellow vests. A health disorder.
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“And likewise an financial and monetary mess.
“If we want to get back to the level of public debt that existed before the crisis, Germany needs seven years, Italy needs 26 years and France needs 67 years.
“That exhibits you the state of degradation of our nation.”
The yellow vests protests which kicked off in November 2018 were a major thorn in the President’s side.
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Originally, protesters had been from rural areas and were complaining about having to drive long distances to work.
But the movement quickly mushroomed into a wider cause, and members of the working and middles classes stood side by side to protest against the high cost of living and rising fuel prices.
Many French citizens argued that their incomes were too high to qualify for social welfare benefits but too low to make ends meet.
At the height of the movement, campaigners clashed with riot police in scenes of violence that went viral on social media.
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The yellow vest movement sprung up in November 2018 in response to the rising cost of living
Although the number dwindled in 2019 the protests dragged on for over a year, drawing crowds every weekend, before ending in March 2020 due to the Covid pandemic.
The results of last week’s regional elections were seen as an early indication of voter sentiments ahead of next year’s presidential ballot.
President Macron’s ruling party Republique en Marche, which did not exist at the time of the last regional vote in 2015, failed to pick up a single region of its own.
The outcome was seen as a major embarrassment for the country’s centre-right leader.
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This week Mr Macron is looking further afield as he eyes up closer ties with China.
Earlier today he took part in a video call with Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, focusing on EU-China relations.
A statement from Mrs Merkel’s office said: “Additionally they mentioned worldwide commerce, local weather safety and biodiversity.
“The conversation also revolved around cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, global vaccine supply, and international and regional issues.”
President Xi informed Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel he hoped his nation and the bloc would increase cooperation to raised reply to international challenges.
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The communist chief expressed optimism that Brussels might play a extra energetic function in worldwide affairs, obtain strategic independence and supply a good, clear and unbiased atmosphere for Chinese language corporations, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
The EU’s “big three” – the three giant founding members of the EU – are set for a shake-up within the coming months.
Mrs Merkel will step down in September following 16 years of main Germany.
Earlier this yr, Mario Draghi took over from Giuseppe Conte in Italy.
Extra reporting by Maria Ortega.