61% of the French consider that the public explanations of the president, Emmanuel Macron, on the controversial parliamentary processing of the pension reform will not contribute to relaxing the tensions and that, instead, they will worsen the social unrest that has derived in practically constant protests during these last days.
Macron broke his silence on Tuesday after the accelerated approval of the reform in the National Assembly and the subsequent vote of two censure motions against the Government.
In a televised interview, he defended his plan as “necessary” and ruled out making changes to his team.
However, only 11% of the population believes that, after these words, tensions will drop on the streets, according to a poll by Elabe for the BFMTV channel.
71% of the 1,037 people polled believe that the president was not convincing in his arguments.
Macron acknowledged in the interview that the reform could take its toll on his popularity and, in fact, almost two out of three people already consider him a bad president, and nearly seven out of ten see him as arrogant and authoritarian, both adjectives used in recent days by leaders of the political opposition.
The reform, which proposes, among other things, to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64, is disliked by 72% of the citizens interviewed, who see it as unjust.
63% consider that, contrary to what the Government says, it will not guarantee the survival of the public pension system, and 56% believe that it is unnecessary.
The unions have called for a new day of strikes this Thursday to continue protesting against the legislative changes, and the authorities estimate that, once again, hundreds of thousands of people will join some of the marches called in the main cities.
According to the BFMTV poll, 65% of French people favor continuing these mobilizations.
With information from LGI