Almost half of French people claim they are not interested in the May ballot, which Mr Macron has put at the heart of his pro-EU agenda. According to the latest opinion poll conducted by the BVA institute, 42 percent of French voters participating warned they were preparing to abstain from the vote. France is also set to suffer once again from a dwindling numbers in its overall turnout, from 61 percent during the first European Parliament elections in 1979 to 42.6 percent in 2014. The study interviewed 1,500 people across April 10 and 11.
Mr Macron also suffers a blow in the heartlands of the ‘Yellow Vest’ movement that have all but crippled his leadership for the last five months.
In France’s rural communities, which have been blighted by the French President’s globalist agenda, around 48 percent over possible voters are not interested in the European vote.
Some 22,000 ‘Yellow Vests’ turned out across the nation on Saturday for a a 22nd conservative weekend.
They have also pledged to stage further demonstrations in Paris on April 20, the weekend after Mr Macron unveils the results of his 10-week national debate.
In a press conference tonight, the French President will announce a series of policies aimed at quelling the grassroots discontent ahead of the EU Parliament elections.
Aides to Mr Macron claim his announcement, that will be broadcast in 10,000 town halls, will set out “profound changes” aimed at relaunching his two-year-old presidency.
Sources have suggested that the French president will seek to reduce the number of politicians and replace them with civil servants operating at a local level and put greater focus on slowing climate change.
According to a Ipsos poll published last week, Mr Macron’s approval rating had dropped one percent to 27 percent.
Marine Le Pen, the right-wing leader of populist group National Rally, will seek “to put everything back on the table” without removing France from the EU’s single currency bloc.
In a leaked version of her party’s manifesto, she will seek to ally with eurosceptics to reform the EU “from the inside and profoundly change the way the EU operates”.
If successful in the EU elections, Ms Le Pen will seek to withdraw “all its powers” from the powerful European Commission.
Ms Le Pen’s National Rally is set to be a leading opponent to Mr Macron’s En Marche in the European elections.
The right-wing group has been involved in talks with Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini to build a populist supergroup in the new Parliament.