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AU CONTRAIRE! Economic crisis has been 'pulling European public opinion apart'

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
May 17th, 2013
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Strong-headed and opinionated, the French have their likes and dislikes: They dislike Americans, but like our music and films; they like, smoking and garlic; and they supposedly love the European Union. However -a recent poll by the Pew Research Center finds that their love affair with the EU may be fading.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Pew Research Center, only 41 percent of French people today are in favor of the EU. This is a marked downturn of 60 percent last year and 62 percent in 2007.

Often portrayed as Europe's leading tandem, the French and Germans are not as solidified as they used to be. The prolonged economic crisis has been "pulling European public opinion apart, separating the French from the Germans and the Germans from everyone else," the report says, calling the European Union "The New Sick Man of Europe."

The French are unhappy with the EU job market, lack of leadership, institutions and especially the economy. Seventy-seven percent of French people believe that European economic integration has made things worse for France, in an increase of 14 points from last year.

"Most of [the report] seems blindingly obvious," Tim Judah, writing for Bloomberg news says.

"When the economy is in bad shape, people are in a bad mood-and in this case after five years of bad economic news, Europeans are in a terrible mood," he said.

The French do have a thing for the euro, with 63 percent of French people wanting to keep the common currency, so it appears that the French aren't quite ready to say "au revoir" to Europe just yet.

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