French attitudes towards 'taboos' change

19th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 16 (AFP) - The French have become more tolerant of euthanasia and are strongly in favour of Catholic priests being allowed to marry and the ordination of women, but remain divided on gay marriages, according to a poll carried out for Figaro magazine.

PARIS, Sept 16 (AFP) - The French have become more tolerant of euthanasia and are strongly in favour of Catholic priests being allowed to marry and the ordination of women, but remain divided on gay marriages, according to a poll carried out for Figaro magazine.

Most adults in France are still strongly attached to the role of the state in providing essential services, the TNS Sofres institute found in a sampling of 'taboos'.

The poll showed 81 percent in favour of the prospect of euthanasia, against 14 percent opposed and five percent who expressed no opinion.

That was a 16-point increase over the past five years in the number of those favouring mercy-killing, the magazine noted.

Some 80 percent were in favour of priests being allowed to marry and women to be ordained -- both forbidden in the Roman Catholic Church -- with 14 percent against in each case.

On gay marriages, which are not allowed under French law, 50 percent were in favour, 43 percent against. But 58 percent were not in favor of homosexual couples adopting children.

Sixty-nine percent said they were against legalising 'soft' drugs.

Sixty-two percent said they were opposed to privatising big state-owned enterprises, and 85 percent said they were opposed to the withdrawal of state services such as post offices in rural areas where populations are falling.

The poll of 1,000 adults was carried out in August.

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