France edges back into favour in America

18th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (AFP) - France is out of the dog house, according to a new poll out Thursday, which says more than half of Americans have a favourable opinion of the country.

WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (AFP) - France is out of the dog house, according to a new poll out Thursday, which says more than half of Americans have a favourable opinion of the country.

A Gallup poll said 51 percent of Americans like France, up from 47 percent one year ago.

And the number of Americans with a negative view of France fell, to 43 percent from 49 percent a year ago.

France hit a low point in Americans' eyes in March 2003, when 64 percent had a negative view against 34 percent positive, as the United States invaded Iraq, which France opposed.

Germany, which also opposed the Iraq war, suffered less in US public opinion, with 73 percent favourable and 22 percent negative, up from 69-26 percent in 2004, according to the poll.

In 2003, during the height of transatlantic tensions over the war, 49 percent of Americans had a favourable opinion of Germany while 44 percent had a negative opinion.

The poll was taken by telephone among 1,008 adults, February 7-10, with a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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