Two-thirds of French back euro despite crisis: study

26th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two-thirds of French people see the euro as a source of stability and would not abandon it, according to a survey Wednesday amid warnings that a debt crisis could shatter the single currency zone.

A study published online by the news magazine Le Nouvel Observateur showed that 29 percent of the people surveyed were in favour of France leaving the eurozone, but 65 percent were in favour of keeping it.

A study by pollsters Ifop in February had shown that more than two-thirds of French people regretted giving up the franc for the euro, but Wednesday's study appeared to show that in a crisis, most clung to the single currency.

A debt crisis has forced European countries to make emergency loans to Greece and raised fears for Spain and Portugal, driving the euro to four-year lows and prompting warnings that the eurozone could fall apart.

But despite the turmoil of recent weeks, "belonging to the eurozone appears for nearly two-thirds of French people still to be a guarantee of financial stability," a report on Wednesday's study said.

The pollsters said they surveyed a representative sample of 1,003 adults by telephone on May 21 and 22.

© 2010 AFP

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