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'New Napoleon' Macron tripped up plot to dominate EU with vaccine debacle – French expert

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France’s vaccination programme is lagging far behind the UK, with just 13 percent of the population having received a jab versus 46 percent for Britain. The country is currently being engulfed by a third coronavirus wave with around 65,000 new cases announced each day.

Some Paris hospitals have been transporting patients to other parts of France by helicopter due to being oversubscribed.

Writing for the Daily Mail Nabila Ramdani revealed how the disaster is affecting Mr Macron’s popularity.

Describing the Champs-Elysees in Paris she said: “Today there are piles of rubbish, vagrants with nobody to beg from, and lines of high-end shops, cafés and restaurants with security grills permanently pulled down.

“And like everywhere else in the French capital, graffiti is commonplace.

“The most popular slogan is: ‘Macron, démission!’ or ‘Macron, resignation!’.

“Ministers constantly blame the so-called British variant for the spike.

“But it is Macron & Co’s failure to control the crisis that has seen the emergence of strains from South Africa and Brazil.

“Many of the less advantaged are dealing with the consequences of a collapsing economy and wondering if it will recover.”

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France stopped administering the vaccine for a number of days following concerns about blood clots but backtracked after further research.

However the damage was done with many in France continuing to mistrust the vaccine even as Covid-19 cases explode.

Professor William Dab, the former French public health director, said there was a “divorce from science” over France’s coronavirus policy.

Ms Ramdani added: “Macron has his eye on re-election next year, but his initial promise as an energetic independent politician is wearing thin.

“He is increasingly seen as a shallow egotist without the vision or management skills to implement change – and Covid has amplified that.

“Walk around French cities and you are certain to come across crowds shouting for him to quit.

“Foremost are the Gilets Jaunes – or Yellow Vests. They started in 2018 calling to end fuel price rises.

“Buoyed by Macron’s concessions, they made more demands, including Frexit – France’s EU exit.”

France goes to the polls next year to elect its next president.

Recent surveys show Mr Macron is likely to face a strong challenge from far-right National Rally leader Marine le Pen.



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