>> It's been 100 days since president, Emmanuel Macron, swept into office, his En Marche party stunning the country's traditional front runners to give the young leader power. So, how has he performed? Reuters Deputy Bureau Chief in France, Richard Lock, says Macron was seen to make a strong start.
With the visits of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump that were, I think, widely seen as a shrewd diplomatic move by French voters, who approve of Macron's efforts to elevate France on the international stage. Domestically, more difficult, as it was always going to be. Here, we see the challenges of keeping the left and the right happy.
>> Macron has faced tough debates in Parliament over labor reform and a public ethics law, scoring a victory last week when his government won the senate's backing to deregulate the jobs market. His cabinet says he's been laying the groundwork for his five-year mandate. But domestically his popularity is dropping sharply.
A poll released by IFOP on Friday shows only 36% of voters hold a favorable view of their leader, the lowest of any French president in history, at this point in their term.>> I think there's certainly skepticism towards the early work of Macron and his government. And I think, ultimately, what we may be seeing here is the challenges that a centrist president faces keeping both the right and the left happy.
>> Macron has upset less-wealthy voters by reducing housing aid. And the left by refusing to back down on pledges to cut spending and reform corporate taxes. Some on the right see him as too soft on immigration. Others are against his earlier industrial policies, including the threat to nationalize a shipyard.
Heading into the summer break, Macron will already know how tough this job is going to be.