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And they needed a poll for this?

Poll Shows Slump in Trust Between French, Americans

Reuters
Friday, June 17, 2005; 12:42 PM



PARIS - Trust between the French and Americans has slumped to its lowest level in 17 years, more than two years after a bitter feud over the Iraq war, an opinion poll showed on Friday.

The TNS-Sofres survey of 1,000 people in each country showed only 31 percent of French people have any "sympathy" for Americans, down from 39 percent in 2002.

Only 35 percent of Americans like the French, a drop from 50 percent in 2002, according to the poll, published in the Le Monde newspaper.

French President Jacques Chirac infuriated Washington and helped create anti-French feeling by his opposition to the Iraq war and his advocacy of a world in which the European Union would counterbalance U.S. power.

Americans retaliated by renaming French fries "freedom fries" and some even stopped buying French wine.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited France in February to help repair ties. She was greeted warmly and her visit was deemed successful.

The survey showed an overwhelming 70 percent of French people believe the United States is not a loyal ally. Fifty-six percent of Americans said France was not a reliable partner.

French people with left-wing views are most likely to be hostile to Americans, the survey found. Left-wing French voters drove France's rejection last month of the EU constitution. Many who voted 'No' said they feared the charter would impose U.S.-style free-market economics on Europe.

In the United States, Democrats and the black community have a better image of France while 39 percent of Republicans said they do not like France.

French people openly supported French-speaking Democrat John Kerry in last November's presidential election, infuriating President Bush's Republican supporters.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 12:34 PM
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The french are fucqued, they just don't know it yet. Even the french are tired of chirac; he's gone as soon as his term is up (as is his german buddy Schroeder for similar reasons). The arrogant french liberal/socialist left is in control of political power and they are rejecting anything that might change the "french way of life". This is futher isolating the french from the rest of the world, and IMO is leading them down a path of economic ruin.

Good riddance; glad to see them sinking.
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