Emmanuel Macron’s lavish birthday party in palace sparked fury: ‘Who is king?’
Emmanuel Macron may be the favourite in next year’s presidential election, but that doesn’t mean victory will be easy. The opposition still hasn’t recovered from the way Mr Macron shattered the political establishment in 2017. And even if his most powerful challenger, National Rally party leader Marine Le Pen is performing well in the polls, French voters have proved willing to hold their noses in the second round and vote to keep her out of power.
However, the French have also made it clear in the last two elections that being the incumbent is not necessarily to a candidate’s advantage.
And with the coronavirus crisis still raging, and a recent resurgence of Islamist terrorism, Mr Macron will have to work hard to retain his seat in the Elysée presidential palace.
France has been one of the worst-hit countries by the pandemic, with the sixth-highest number of cases and seventh-highest death toll.
The French President has also faced waves of anti-government “Yellow vests” protests.
The movement started in November 2018 and has seen violent clashes between demonstrators and police.
The protests were sparked by fuel price rises but have since become a broader movement against his “pro-rich” policies.
Throughout his time in office, Mr Macron has often been accused of being “the President of the rich”.