In a damning poll, only 27% of French people back the EU, humiliating Macron.
In a poll on the benefits of remaining in the EU, EMMANUEL MACRON’s ambitions for a more integrated EU were slashed by the French people.
The French continue to be divided on the topic of Europe.
While the country assumed the rotating presidency of the European Union (EU) in early January, an Elabe poll conducted for “Les Echos,” Classic Radio, and the Montaigne Institute revealed a significant divide in public opinion on the benefits and drawbacks of membership.
When asked about the benefits of being a member of the EU, respondents fell into one of three camps: 39 percent of French people believe that Europe has as many benefits as it does drawbacks; 39 percent of French people believe that Europe has more benefits than drawbacks; and 39 percent of French people believe that Europe has more benefits than drawbacks
Only 33% believe the advantages are more important than the disadvantages, while only 27% believe the advantages are greater than the disadvantages.
The results of the poll sparked calls for a referendum on the country’s EU membership.
Only 27% of French people believe the EU’s benefits outweigh its drawbacks, according to Generation Frexit leader Charles-Henri Gallois.
“The last thing we need is presidential candidates proposing a referendum on our EU membership!”
The poll comes as France assumes the rotating presidency of the European Union Council, putting President Macron under pressure to deliver and defend his European credentials.
After rightwing opponents of Macron accused him of “erasing” French identity, French authorities felt compelled to remove a temporary installation of the EU flag from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris earlier this week.
Generation Frexit leader Charles-Henri Gallois called the move a “scandal,” arguing that the flag should have been France’s in honor of the symbolism of the Arc De Triomphe’s tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“It’s a massive scandal,” Mr Gallois told This website, “because the flag was under the Arc de Triomphe, but that is also a soldier’s grave.”
“As a result, it was very symbolic, because that soldier died for France rather than the European Union.”
“French soldiers fought Imperialism and Germany, and the EU is a German symbol as well.”
“This is a major embarrassment for France.”
Clement Beaune, the junior European Affairs Minister, said the flag had been taken down as planned after initially saying it would stay for “a few days.”
“It was planned that the flag would be raised,” Mr Beaune told France Inter radio.
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