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The French have soured on their 40-year-old President Emmanuel Macron who has been heckled and booed in recent days as he grapples with a tax revolt. Why does he inspire such hatred among "yellow vest" protesters?In a repeat of scenes in Paris on Sunday when he was booed while surveying the damage caused by rioters, Macron was heckled during a visit Tuesday to local government offices in the central town of Puy-en-Velay, which were torched during a protest at the weekend.Macron's refusal to acknowledge any of the protesters' demands before rioters ran amok in Paris last weekend have sealed the image of a president short on empathy."Sarko" left office as the country's most unpopular leader ever, only for his successor Francois Hollande to do even worse, famously falling to four percent in one opinion poll.Macron, who had never held elected office before becoming president, tried to respond to popular anger about the country's political class by bringing scores of newcomers into politics.Macron was henceforth branded the "president of the rich" – a label he has struggled to shake off.
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