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>> A year ago, Emmanuel Macron was riding high in the polls. France's young new president with ambitious plans and the hopes of a nation riding on his shoulders. But a year is a very long time in politics and Macron's popularity has recently gone down in flames. In the month of his election, his popularity rating was above 60% but a survey last week, found it now down at 29%.
Reuters Luke Baker is in Paris.>> That's as low if not a little bit lower, than his two immediate predecessors Francois Holland and Nicolas Sarkozy. And it begins to create the impression that Macron, far from being someone who's gonna transform France, the bold hard charging 40 year old President that's gonna change everything, he's just like those that have gone before.
>> The reasons for his plummeting approval are multiple, Macron says he is neither of the left or right. Many on the center left say his policies, including cutting a wealth tax favor the rich. Two ministers have quit and a third one of his close allies says he will leave next year.
The Elysee's slow response to footage of a security official Alexandre Banala beating up May Day protesters also prompted suggestions of a cover up and Macron has also been accused of being arrogant or dismissive with the electorate.>>
> And his popularity or lack thereof could be having an impact on how he governs.
>> He's coming forward with some policies that are aimed at helping those with less money there was a boost in benefits, some changes in taxes that will help people at the end of the month. And they’re hoping to start changing the narrative around this, president of the rich tag, and the fact that he hasn’t done anything for the, for the left.
>> People around Macron say these policies are not a reaction to the polls. It’s also hardly out of the ordinary for a French president to struggle to connect with voters after the first year honeymoon is over. And with Macron not facing reelection until 2022, he's got plenty of time to turn those numbers around.