“We need to take back GM&S” – an auto parts plant – called protesters and layed-off workers during the visit of the French president. AFP / PASCAL LACHENAUD
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French President Emmanuel Macron came under fire Thursday after a remark directed against union activists fueled accusations from opponents that he has disdain for working people. Macron made the comment Wednesday while visiting the central town of Egletons, referring to trade unionists who clashed with police during a rally against layoffs at the region's GM&S auto parts plant.Last month, days before a union-led protest against the president's flagship labor reforms, Macron said he would not back down "to slackers, cynics and extremists".Macron has sought to restore lost prestige to the presidency, hosting events in grandiose settings such as the former royal palace in Versailles and likening his role to that of Jupiter, king of the Roman gods.Macron's approval rating stood at 32 percent in a YouGov poll released Thursday.
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