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In the first couple of weeks of his presidency, he enjoyed a 62% approval rating, according to an IFOP poll. However, his popularity has recently taken a tumble, and he's now at 36%, according to the most recent YouGov polling. In the past month alone, he's dropped 10 points in the polls. Only Jacques Chirac faced a steeper loss of support from the French so soon into his term, according to the New York Times.

As French outlets dissect his loss in popularity and he faces a summer of further losses in the polls, here are some fads that put his brief moment in the sun into perspective.

Fidget spinners appeared on the scene just before Macron was elected — and unlike him, the public seems still just as crazy about them.

Fidget spinners appeared on the scene just before Macron was elected — and unlike him, the public seems still just as crazy about them.

The damn things appeared at the beginning of May, and the public obsession with them shows no sign of abating.

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Like Macron’s election, few anticipated Pokémon Go’s success. Unlike Macron, the online game’s popularity endured through an entire summer.

Like Macron's election, few anticipated Pokémon Go's success. Unlike Macron, the online game's popularity endured through an entire summer.

Launched in July 2016, it reduced much of the world (at its peak almost 30 million people) to gamboling children as they destroyed offices and hunted through parks. It had some nice effects though, as this one mother of an autistic boy explained. Everything calmed down in October.


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