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Most French don't want Macron to run for president
A member of the French public makes his feeling about Macron evident. Photo: AFP

Most French don't want Macron to run for president

The Local · 1 Sep 2016, 10:10

Published: 01 Sep 2016 10:10 GMT+02:00

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Emmanuel Macron has a bit of problem.
Just days after the former minister quit the government to almost certainly run for president two opinion polls suggest the public don't actually want him to bother.
One survey, carried out by pollsters Ifop for Europe 1, found that 53 percent of respondents didn't want the minister to run for France's top post.

The other 47 percent said they did want him to run. 
However in better news, the same survey found that 84 percent of respondents thought the former minister was right to leave his post. 
A second poll on the same subject found that only 34 percent thought Macron should run for president, while two thirds felt the opposite way, according to Elabe. 
Both surveys were carried out on Tuesday night, after the minister resigned from the government, where he had served as President Hollande's Economy Minister.
While he stopped short of announcing his candidature for president, he later vowed to "transform France" and promised to "bring hope to a country in need".
Macron vows 'to transform France from next year'
While French business leaders lamented the loss of a minister "who understood them" members of the ruling Socialist party were left furious by Macron's move.
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He was labelled a "traitor" and a "deserter" by some unnamed members of the socialist party quoted in the French press.
The resignation may not come as a surprise to many in French politics with the minister having raised suspicions in recent weeks that he would rather take a gamble on becoming head of state himself than help Hollande regain his job.
If as expected Macron announces a bid to become president, many believe it will scupper any chance of Hollande being reelected and simply result in a right wing candidate - possible Nicolas Sarkozy taking power at the Elysée.
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