It confirms a downward trend already shown by a previous poll, carried out by Ifop on July 17-22, which showed his popularity slipping 10 points in a month to 54 percent.
Macron, a centrist 39-year-old former banker, was elected with 66 percent of the vote, soundly beating far-right rival Marine Le Pen.
Macron's centrist government has announced 4.5 billion euros ($5.3 billion) in public spending cuts aimed at bringing France's budget deficit within EU limits.
In a frenetic first two and a half months in office, he has also hosted US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
Jerome Fourquet, a political scientist from Ifop, said the polls showed the public was beginning to tire of Macron's slick communication style while he was slashing public spending.
“Some people are starting to get the feeling that he is an exceptional charmer and a communicator but whose Hollywood-like style of communicating is actually an instrument to bring in austerity policies,” he said.
His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.
It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.
Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.
Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.
The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.
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