French most pessimistic about economy since 2008: poll

1st December 2011, Comments 0 comments

The French are the most pessimistic about the future of the economy since the height of the global financial crisis in 2008, according to a poll released on Thursday.

The survey by BVA found that 83 percent of French said they were less confident about the future of the economy in France, while 16 percent were confident. One percent did express an opinion.

The result was the worst since October 2008 after the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers caused turmoil in global financial markets.

The scepticism crossed the French political divide, with 65 percent of those identifying themselves as supporters of the ruling conservatives saying they were pessimistic about the future of the economy, and 92 percent of socialist and left-wing supporters.

France's official consumer confidence index hit its lowest level since 2009 in November, data released last week showed.

The BVA survey questioned a statistically representative sample of 1,405 people aged 15 and above on November 24 and 25.

© 2011 AFP

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