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Macron's push for global popularity

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By Euronews
Macron's push for global popularity

<p>With polls suggesting his popularity on a national level is in freefall, Emmanuel Macron has <a href="http://www.lepoint.fr/politique/exclusif-emmanuel-macron-le-grand-entretien-30-08-2017-2153393_20.php">outlined plans</a> he hopes will make France a “great power” on the international stage.</p> <p>In his first major interview, the French president told weekly news magazine Le Point that he wanted “Europe to be a continent of equal power to the US and China.”</p> <p>He once again reiterated his desire to provide the euro zone with a common budget to give it the power to borrow on a large scale in the markets.</p> <p>On a national level, he promised a “profound transformation,” particularly concerning his proposed overhaul of France’s labour laws.</p> <p>But the plan to loosen regulations and boost the economy has been hotly contested by trade unions and left-wing parties which say workers’ rights would be all but abolished.</p> <p>While outwardly life at the Elysée Palace appears calm, turbulent times could lie ahead, with France’s employers’ federation predicting the labour reform will make or break Macron’s presidency.</p>