Macron and France 'are failing' on vaccine rollout says Moutet

New YouGov polling figures published by the Europe Elects poll aggregation and analysis service revealed a massive 61 percent disapproved of the French President’s leadership while just 32 percent gave him their approval. Polling took place on January 5 and 6 when 1,061 people took part in the YouGov survey.

President Macron isworrieda poorly-executed vaccine rollout will harm his chances of winning another term

Jessica Hinds

The poor approval ratings came with Mr Macron and his government under fire for the slow pace of the vaccine rollout which medical experts say is tangled in red tape and has left France lagging behind European neighbours such as Britain and Germany.

COVID-19 has claimed more than 67,750 lives in France, the seventh-highest death toll in the world, while 2.78 million have been infected.

One in every two intensive care beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients and non-essential procedures are still being postponed to ease the burden on hospitals.

Mr Macron personally intervened to demand the acceleration of the vaccine programme and health officials took action to simplify the process but critics complain it is still far too slow and cumbersome.

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Health Minister Olivier Veran defended bureaucratic safeguards but said procedures would be simplified and that shots would be delivered into arms faster.

But there is a growing mood of dissatisfaction across France and many commentators are already suggesting Mr Macron will pay a heavy price when the country goes to the polls next year.

Political columnist Anne-Elisabeth Moutet predicted the French vaccine chaos will come back to jab Mr Macron “where it hurts”.

And referring to the French President’s late intervention in the disastrously slow start she said: “Whether it will vaccinate Emmanuel Macron against defeat in the 2022 election remains to be seen.”

Jessica Hinds, a European economist at Capital Economics, said: “Although the 2022 presidential election still seems a long way off, President Macron is certainly worried that a poorly-executed vaccine rollout now will harm his chances of winning another term.

“A slow pace of vaccination would limit the government’s ability to lift restrictions that are taking their toll on the economy and people’s daily lives.

“This would clearly be unpopular among voters, particularly if other countries such as Germany are able to remove them sooner.”

Jeremy Ghez, professor at HEC Paris Business School, told CNBC: “The French economy is under anaesthesia and it’s only when you pull the fiscal plug that you will truly know how quickly economic actors can rebound.

“If this happens quickly, I like Macron’s chances because there are so few alternatives as of today.

“If it does not, I would argue that all bets are off.”

Opposition party leader Marine le Pen has criticised Mr Macron after figures revealed staggeringly low numbers of vaccinated people.

She tweeted: “We are ‘at war’ against the virus, according to Macron and yet the government is unable to put in place simple logistics.

“Our vaccination campaign is the laughing stock of the developed world!”

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Opposition MEP Thierry Mariani tweeted: “November 29: Macron tells us he’s got everything ready for vaccination.

“January 3: Nothing works, but it’s not his fault.

“The first quality of a leader is to take responsibility.

“With Macron, weirdly, it’s always someone else’s fault.”

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