public opinion

Macron plays public opinion card against his critics

France — Analysis

Emmanuel Macron has always insisted he is not worried about opinion polls and that, as head of state, he is willing to court unpopularity to do what he considers right for France. That has not stopped him basing his political strategy around what the public says, sometimes playing off the polls against critics of his reforms – even if that risks dividing the French people. Ellen Salvi looks at the French president's approach to public opinion.

France’s National Front taps into rising anti-immigrant mood

France — Link

Fifty-five per cent of French people oppose a softening of asylum rules, according to an opinion poll published on Sunday.

French opinion backs Angela Merkel ahead of election

International — Link

Ahead of German election, poll shows that Germany's chancellor enjoys higher ratings among French public than President François Hollande.

Poll confirms the French are pessimistic about the future

France — Link

Survey by Ifop shows 68 percent of the population are pessimistic about their future, despite the arrival of the new socialist government.