‘Tout va bien!’: Macron insists he’s not suffering from burn-out

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday sought to counter rumours that he was suffering from burn-out as he took a few days break with his wife Brigitte in Normandy, northern France.

'Tout va bien!': Macron insists he's not suffering from burn-out
Macron waves to members of the public from inside a gallery n the Normandy town of Honfleur. Photo: AFP

“I'm fine, don't worry,” a smiling Macron, sporting a leather jacket, told reporters in the Channel fishing port of Honfleur after a week of speculation  he was suffering from the strains of office.

“I just value a balanced family life, like all fellow citizens, and sticking to past habits,” said the 40-year-old, adding that he had been coming to Honfleur for 20 years on November 1, a public holiday in France.   

The former investment banker elected in May 2017, is known to sleep only four-five hours a night, often working until the early hours when he fires off messages to advisors and ministers.

But French media have speculated that his rare holiday, which saw his agenda cleared for three days and a cabinet meeting brought forward, could be to allow him to recuperate after a series of political missteps.

Le Parisien newspaper has reported several unnamed confidants of Macron worrying about his all-day working habits and lack of sleep.

“He's visibly lost weight,” one said. “It's a period of doubt. He's questioning everything,” said another.

Supporters have ridiculed the intense media focus on Macron's rumoured fatigue, with some rolling news channels holding debates with experts to discuss his health and the political consequences.

“When I see the debate about the three-day break of the president, honestly I think we've gone mad,” junior minister Gabriel Attal told France Info this week. 

“I don't understand why we're having this debate and why we're talking about it.” 

Other aides have stressed that Macron is simply gathering his energy before an intense week-long sequence of country-wide commemorations to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of the World War I.

The centrist is also set to host dozens of world leaders including US President Donald Trump on November 11 to mark Armistice Day.

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Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

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.