Straddling between Optimism and Mistrust

Author
Julia Hamann, Sara Jakob
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)
Abstract
For many young people in France, President Macron’s reforms failed to alleviate their social anxieties. Unemployment remains high, employment conditions precarious, and what started as a protest against new fuel taxes quickly spilled over to other reform areas including social policy. Macron will need to gain the youngsters’ trust ahead of the European Parliament election – not least because its outcome will decisively shape his domestic credibility, and consequently, his political fate
Topic
International Political Economy
Political Geography
Europe