Lockdown critics don’t live in the ‘real world’

Emmanuel Macron has claimed that those who criticize France’s lockdown policy do not live in the “real world”, while praising a veiled Muslim woman as a feminist.

Incumbent French President Emmanuel Macron has had a bizarre final 48 hours on the campaign trail, slamming a female voter as not living in the ‘real world’ for her criticism of the president’s lockdown policy, while praising another woman for to be both a feminist who wears an Islamic Veil, she says, voluntarily.

After initially thinking he was a shoo-in for re-election, Macron suddenly found himself in contention with his right-wing populist rival Marine Le Pen, the traditionally Eurosceptic and anti-mass migration politician polling within a few percentage points of The Republic In Chief marching.

According to a report by POLITICO, Macron ventured into enemy territory on Monday, apparently in hopes of regaining lost ground, addressing voters face to face in Denain, where Le Pen won 41% of first-preference votes. .

However, while the former socialist candidate may have entered the region hoping to win hearts and minds, it appears the result has been the opposite, with the president even going so far as to say that a voter wasn’t living in the ‘real world’ when she challenged the president’s lockdown policy.

Moreover, Macron also publicly denied suggesting that unvaccinated French people were “sub-citizens”, instead saying his comments about wanting to “piss off” the unvaccinated with strict lockdown rules were said. “in a loving way”.

It seemed to go down like a headed balloon with voters, with the woman Macron described as not living in the real world seeming particularly amused by the French president’s accusations.

“I don’t live in the real world? asked the woman, a dental assistant by profession. “…people will laugh in front of their televisions.”

While President Emmanuel Macron’s adventure in Denain didn’t go so well, he seemed to receive a slightly warmer welcome in Strasbourg, where he met and hailed a veiled Muslim woman as a feminist.

The comments came after the woman, who was wearing what appeared to be a black Islamic veil at the time, confronted Macron over his stance on gender equality.

“Are you a feminist? BFMTV reports that the woman asks Macron.

Responding in the affirmative, Macron then asked the woman if she was a feminist, to which she replied “Yes I am a feminist, I am for gender equality”.

This seemed to please Macron, who took the opportunity to target Le Pen, who had previously expressed a desire to ban the Muslim headscarf in public places.

“To have a young girl who wears the veil, in Strasbourg, who says ‘are you a feminist?’ is the best answer to all the nonsense I hear,” Macron told the woman. “Because on the other side there is Madame Le Pen who says ‘the veil will be banned in public places with me’.”

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