French president's vulgar comment on jobless causes outcry

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(Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP). French President Emmanuel Macron, gestures during a visit at the School of Application to the Trades of Public Works (EATP), which is devoted to apprenticeship and vocational training, in Egletons, central France, Wed... (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP). French President Emmanuel Macron, gestures during a visit at the School of Application to the Trades of Public Works (EATP), which is devoted to apprenticeship and vocational training, in Egletons, central France, Wed...
(Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP). French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he stands alongside students during a visit at the School of Application to the Trades of Public Works (EATP), which is devoted to apprenticeship and vocational training, i... (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP). French President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he stands alongside students during a visit at the School of Application to the Trades of Public Works (EATP), which is devoted to apprenticeship and vocational training, i...
(Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP). French President Emmanuel Macron, left, looks on as he stands alongside Minister of Employment Muriel Penicaud, center, and Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer during a visit at the School of Application to the... (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP). French President Emmanuel Macron, left, looks on as he stands alongside Minister of Employment Muriel Penicaud, center, and Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer during a visit at the School of Application to the...

PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron has prompted a public outcry with comments suggesting employees of a struggling company should look for a job instead of protesting.

During a visit to Egletons training school in central France on Wednesday, Macron said "some people, instead of screwing everything up, they would better see whether they can get some jobs."

He was referring to workers worried about job losses at a nearby factory who organized a demonstration on the sidelines of his visit. And, unusually for him, he used vulgar language.

Many politicians from the right and left expressed anger at the comments Thursday, considering them disrespectful to the unemployed.

Macron's popularity rate has plunged as his government starts to implement labor reforms. He is increasingly criticized as the "president of the rich."

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