France 24 Poll: International Opnion of French Election

France 24 has another excellent poll up, in partnership with the International Herald Tribune and Harris Interactive.

This enquete looks at the view of France from abroad, sepcifically the French presidental election.

74 percent of American respondants wanted France’s new president to improve US ties, but only 31 percent had a positive image of thier French allies, and 19 percent wanted her to surrender her seat on the UN Security Council.

Americans, however, were more supportive of European enlargement than the French or the British, with 27%, 20%, and 17% respectively responding favourably to the idea of addimg more members to the union.

Overall, general opnions of France were very favourable in contential Europe- 74% in Germany, 69% in Italy, and 63% in Spain and less favourable in Great Britian (43%) and the United States (31%).

Again, the poll is having a big echo in the media chambers. Even the conservative American news outlets have highlighted the poll- although they’ve chosen to focus on the negative image the French have of themselves.


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