The results were published against the backdrop of the Yellow Jacket protests. Named after the neon garments worn by activists, the movement takes issue with a planned hike in tax on gas announced by Macron. Since the weekend, the demonstrations have involved 280,000 people and resulted in at least 528 injuries, including one fatality.Nearly three in four people could identify with the protesters, according to the poll, but the method of protest divided respondents: 52 percent disapprove of it, while 46 percent approve.“We have received the message from the citizens. It invites us to go further. In order for the ecological transition, which is necessary, not to be socially unacceptable, it must be fair, equitable and democratic. We must therefore mobilize all those who will make it acceptable, so as not to leave anyone behind,” Agence France-Presse quoted Elysée Palace advisers as saying on Thursday. French President Emmanuel Macron’s popularity has slipped to a new low, according to an opinion poll published Friday, as he grapples with protests against a planned hike in tax on gasoline.Macron’s office sought to assuage concerns about the fuel tax by signaling he would introduce new measures to make sure the country’s move to greener energy is “fair, equitable and democratic.”The survey by pollster BVA found only 26 percent of French people have a favorable opinion of Macron. That’s a drop of three points from last month, putting Macron’s rating 19 months into his presidency below those of his immediate predecessor François Hollande (48 percent) and ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy (29 percent) at the same stage of their terms of office.