Macron's Approval Rating Rises to 28 Percent, Ifop Poll Shows

(Bloomberg) -- French President Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating has inched 1 point higher from last month, to 28 percent, according to a poll carried out by Ifop for Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.

This marks the second monthly rise for the president, who launched a series of national debates in an effort to respond to the grievances of France’s “Yellow Vest” protesters after his popularity touched a low of 23 percent in December.

Macron's Approval Rating Rises to 28 Percent, Ifop Poll Shows

Saturday marked the 14th consecutive week of protests, though the number of participants dwindled by about 10,000 from last weekend to some 41,500, according to Interior Ministry figures cited by Agence France-Presse. An Elabe poll published on Feb. 13 showed for the first time that a majority of people, or 56 percent, want the protests to stop.

The approval rating of French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also rose by 1 point from January, to 31 percent, according to the Ifop poll published on Sunday.

Ifop surveyed 1,891 adults via the internet and by telephone between Feb. 7 and Feb. 16.

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