After the pensions crisis, Macron opts to avoid large gatherings on his recent visit to provincial France.

President Emmanuel Macron refrained from close contact with the public during a recent visit to provincial France following his signing of a highly unpopular pension reform.

A previous visit to eastern France last week was marked by confrontations with unhappy residents over the increase in the retirement age from 62 to 64 and his style of governance.

During his visit to the Loire region, Macron did not engage in a walkabout with residents, instead being transported directly to the health centre in the town of Vendome.

Despite a local ban on protests, people turned up to bang saucepans and make their dissatisfaction heard. Macron’s popularity has dropped since signing the pension reform and he has set a 100-day target to relaunch his second mandate.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent visit to eastern France was marred by confrontations with unhappy residents over the increase in the retirement age from 62 to 64 and his style of governance.

The visit to the Loire region did not go as planned as Macron refrained from engaging in a walkabout with residents, instead being transported directly to the health centre in the town of Vendome.

Despite a local ban on protests, people turned up to bang saucepans and make their dissatisfaction heard. Macron’s popularity has noticeably dropped since signing the pension reform, and he has set a 100-day target to relaunch his second mandate.

The pension reform was one of Macron’s major election promises, and it has been met with widespread opposition, including strikes and protests across the country.

The reform aims to unify the country’s 42 separate pension schemes into a single, points-based system. However, critics of the reform argue that it will lead to a reduction in pension benefits for many workers, particularly those in physically demanding jobs who retire early.

Macron’s approach to governance has also come under scrutiny, with some accusing him of being aloof and out of touch with ordinary people. His decision not to engage in a walkabout during his visit to the Loire region, where he was met with protests, has only added to these concerns.

The French president has acknowledged that his popularity has taken a hit, stating that he needs to “listen more” to the concerns of French citizens. Macron has set a 100-day target to relaunch his second mandate and has promised to address issues such as unemployment, immigration, and climate change.

Despite the challenges he faces, Macron has remained determined to push through his reforms, stating that they are necessary to ensure France’s long-term economic stability.

However, he will need to find a way to address the concerns of French citizens and regain their trust if he hopes to succeed in his second term.

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