An opinion poll shows that a majority of French believe President Emmanuel Macron won't be able to reform the country. It comes ahead of a difficult few weeks for Macron as he faces union protests against his plans. Ciara Lee reports
French President Emmanuel Macron gathers his entire government. He wants to push on with reforming the country, but it would seem the majority of people don't think he can. An opinion poll published on Monday reveals 56% of people believe the current labour rules are an obstacle for companies to hire. But 63% of them don't trust the government and Macron's capacity to reform it. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "This return from the summer holidays has been long-awaited, some are forecasting the worst but one should not listen to the pessimists." He may have boosted France's presence on the international stage since winning power hosting high-profile visits from Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump. But Macron's setbacks have come closer to home, including fierce debates over labour reform and a standoff with the military. He's also faced a backlash over reports that he spent 26,000 euros on makeup during his first 100 days in office. Macron faces a big test next month when the far-left CGT trade union willl lead a protest against plans to deregulate the jobs market. It comes despite an improving economy, with business and consumer confidence at multi-year highs. The same can't be said for Macron's popularity ratings. A sharp decline for a president who basked in a landslide victory less than four months ago.