The MP out on the frontline as disenchantment over Macron's presidency grows

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Aina Kuric is a Member of Parliament for France's ruling La République en Marche party east of Paris and last week she held meetings with members of local volunteer groups, small-town mayors and councillors just as the “gilets jaunes” or yellow hi-vis jacket protests over fuel prices swept across France. In doing so she experienced at first hand the deep divide that is growing between the government and a section of the population increasingly gripped by despair. Mediapart's Manuel Jardinaud joined the MP on the trip to meet her constituents.

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'I'm like all French people. When I get back home I tell myself that I want things to change more quickly.” It is Thursday November 22nd, night has fallen in Reims, a city north-east of Paris, and a slightly disillusioned Aina Kuric, a local Member of Parliament, is describing how she feels. However, she is not like most other French people as she is MP for the ruling La République en Marche (LREM) party and so, as far as most people are concerned, represents President Emmanuel Macron and his government.