Mitterrand best president of last half-century

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PARIS, Jan 2 (AFP) - The late François Mitterrand is France's most popular leader in the last half-century, according to a new poll which places him slightly above wartime hero Charles de Gaulle and well in front of present incumbent Jacques Chirac.

PARIS, Jan 2 (AFP) - The late François Mitterrand is France's most popular leader in the last half-century, according to a new poll which places him slightly above wartime hero Charles de Gaulle and well in front of present incumbent Jacques Chirac.

Some 35 percent of respondents considered Mitterrand to be the best president of France's current fifth republic, which was introduced in 1958, according to the poll carried out by the CSA pollsters and published in Monday Libération newspaper.

Charles de Gaulle gained 30 percent of the poll in second position with Jacques Chirac garnering just 12 percent in third.

Presidents Georges Pompidou and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing did not make it into double figures.

In a similar poll in 2001 De Gaulle came out on top ahead of Mitterrand, who died almost exactly ten years ago.

Chirac came out ahead in the popularity stakes as far as European construction is concerned, despite presiding over last year's French rejection of the EU's draft constitution at a referendum.

Chirac was also favoured in the areas of unemployment, France's place in the world and personal security.

The poll of 952 people was carried out on December 21.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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