‘Clutching at straws’ Macron mocked as French furiously turn on him – more protest fears

Macron's comments on unvaccinated 'undiplomatic' says expert

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The President recently stated his “strategy” was to “p*** off” those who, for varying personal reasons, had not been vaccinated against Covid. His comments were met with mass protests on Saturday, organised by Les Patriotes leader Florian Philippot.

Mr Philippot wrote: “It’s already packed and people are pouring in from everywhere…

“Macron and his filthy words will be sent back to the dustbins of history!

“Long live Liberty, free France!”

Express.co.uk readers have mocked Mr Macron over the response to his “strategy”.

Snodgrass11 wrote: “Crazy man, or just a little stupid.

“Even the vaccinated can readily get Omicron and infect others.”

Dc2017 wrote: “Discrimination based on vaccine status needs to be banned and regarded with the same contempt as discriminatory views against those with strongly held religious beliefs.”

Polandleavestheeu added that attempts to “p*** off” those who choose not to get vaccinated is undemocratic.

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They wrote: “People have a choice, take the vaccine or not.

“I respect those who take the vaccine and those who choose not to. You cannot make it mandatory in a democracy.”

CruellaDaVil wrote that Mr Macron’s comments could damage his chances of maintaining his position in office if the French continue to react badly.

They asked: “When are world leaders and politicians going to lead by example and stop using derogatory comments – stop the mud slinging and just get on with doing their job?

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“I don’t think Macron will be re-elected. He’s clutching at straws.”

But others suggested he is still likely to win over the support of the French people, either due to a lack of proper choice or, perhaps, because enough people agree with his “strategy”.

Rob Roy wrote: “Unfortunately he will win another term. Who else is there to vote for?”

Decaston added: “The staggering thing is the French population keep voting for him and making him President.

“Clearly they like this sort of behaviour and self-harm.”

Whatever his chances of re-election are, many commentators joked that his approach to politics suggested Mr Macron saw himself as a new Napoleon Bonaparte.

Mikeyshmikey wrote: “I’m now convinced he thinks he’s Napoleon born again.”

The Skipper added: “But with the political talent of an amoeba.”

Davewells53 joked that Mr Macron should be titled “Macroleon Blownapart”.

More than 105,000 people are reported to have taken part in protests on Saturday, January 8.

Others estimated the number was higher than 400,000.

Further protests are likely to take place across the country over the coming months, ahead of Mr Macron’s re-election bid in April.

As BREXITCAT noted: “The French love a good protest!”

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