Sputnik discussed this with Dr Oliver Davis, Reader in French Studies at Warwick University.
Sputnik: How can Macron and France overcome these protests? Is he the worst President in recent history?
I think a lot will depend on what concrete proposals he can bring forward in his address to the nation this evening, as to whether he survives the crisis, or whether he can, in fact, increase his popularity after this.
Sputnik: Do you think he could win another election?
Dr Oliver Davis: If we look at the second round of the Presidential election; the challenger was Marine Le Pen, but I think If there were to be fresh elections, if the left could get its act in gear and unite around a single programme and a single leader, then they would have a reasonable chance as a united left, of defeating Macron's centrist or centre-right agenda.
Sputnik: Is Macron truly a centrist?
Dr Oliver Davis: Macron is clearly a centrist in some respects; although there are voices on the left who would argue that his programme of economic reforms, his neo-liberalising programme that seeks to encourage external investment, by making it easier to hire and fire French workers, by corroding their employment rights and by reducing corporation tax and taxes on the super-rich, some would argue that; although it is presented as a centrist agenda, it's, in fact, a conservative agenda masquerading as centrist.
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