"For the first time since the beginning of the crisis around yellow vests, the approval rating of the president of the republic has improved: in January, it has increased by five points, reaching the November level of 28 percent," the pollster said on Tuesday.
However, 72 percent of respondents still do not approve of Macron’s policies, with 44 categorically opposing them and 28 percent saying that they were unlikely to support them.
At the same time, 6 percent fully backed the French leader, but 22 percent said they were unlikely to throw their support behind him.
The rating of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also increased — by 7 points — and totaled 33 percent.
The poll, conducted on January 3-4 among 1,014 respondents aged 18 or older, comes amid the so-called yellow vest protests — named after the obligatory attribute of French cars — which started in mid-November. While the French government has scrapped its planned hike in diesel taxes, which is what initially sparked the protests, the yellow vests have evolved into a broader movement against government policies and rising living costs. The rallies have been marked by violent clashes between protesters and the police.