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Protestas en Francia -- cronología de la agitación

01/10/2019
Graphic News

January 11, 2019 -- Dos políticos, incluido un ex ministro, abandonaron el partido de centroderecha mayoritario de Francia Les Republicains (LR) para unirse al partido Rassemblement National (RN) de la líder de extrema derecha Marine Le Pen en anticipación de las elecciones del Parlamento Europeo.

Thierry Mariani, Minister of Transport in the Sarkozy administration, and Jean-Paul Garraud have joined the former National Front after Le Pen dropped her demand for France to quit the EU.

The new year has brought more bad news for French President Emmanuel Macron who over the past four months has faced the most severe challenges of his presidency -- the so-called “gilets jaunes” (yellow vests) protests.

In May 2017, Macron was elected with 66.1 per cent of the votes. Now, 20-months later, he has the approval of only 22 per cent of the population, according to a survey carried out by Odoxa and Dentsu Consulting for France info and the Figaro newspaper.

The poll, which analysed the voting intentions of 1,004 people between January 2 and 3, found that a staggering 75 per cent of French voters are unhappy about what Macron and his Government have done so far. Three per cent registered no opinion.

And now, just five days before France was due to embark on a national debate (“Commission Nationale du débat public”) in response to the protests, Chantal Jouanno, the former minister selected to lead the exercise, has resigned.

Ms Jouanno quit following a public outcry over her salary. She was to be paid €14,666 ($16,800) a month, compared with the minimum wage in France of €1,498.47 ($1,716.50) per month.


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