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A survey found France trusts the European Commission less than Britain does
Front National leader Marine Le Pen has threatened to pull France out of the EU if she wins the upcoming presidential election – and the survey suggests a large number of French voters wish to leave the bloc and are unhappy with Francois Hollande’s government.
The survey of 1,001 French adults found “8 in 10 French people do not trust the government, the parliament, the European Parliament, or the European Commission”.
Think-tank Demos said: “Mistrust in the European Parliament and the European Commission is also very high, since, on a scale of 1 to 10 measuring trust, 82 per cent of the population gives a score below 5 to both of these institutions.
“These results are particularly significant because they show the erosion of trust in the European institutions, which traditionally had a more positive image than national ones.”
A 485-page report by UK-based think tank Demos found “low levels of trust in both EU and national-level governments and political institutions”.
A survey of voters in France Germany, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Great Britain reveals a wave of discontent with Brussels with “a widespread sense of precariousness, uncertainty and pessimism” over the EU.
The survey found “8 in 10 French people do not trust Francois Hollande's government"
The survey of 1,001 French adults and 1,661 British adults found 56 per cent of French surveyed have a low level of trust in the European Commission, compared to 51 per cent of Britons in a blow to Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.
Demos said: “Particularly surprising is that French respondents had less trust in the Commission than British respondents.”
And in a damning indictment of Francois Hollande’s government, the survey found the French have even less trust in their national institutions than they do in Brussels.
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Demos said: “Conversely, while levels of trust in British political institutions were not as low, French respondents had even lower trust in national institutions than in EU bodies: 71 per cent of French respondents reported low levels of trust in their government, and 65 per cent for the parliament.”
The report comes as a boost for Mrs Le Pen who is expected to come out with the biggest number of votes in the first round of the presidential election on April 23.
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