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A new poll conducted by French online magazine Causeur has found that Euroskepticism in France is growing, and that one in three French look forward to France's exit from the European Union; moreover, 53 percent of respondents said that they were opposed to France's continued membership in the Schengen area.
The poll, conducted for Causeur by the French Institute of Public Opinion, a French polling and market research poll, indicated that while "the French are not (yet?) willing to leave the EU," they do want France out of Europe's common border-control free zone, known as Schengen.
The three question poll, with a sample size of 2003 men and women aged 18 or older, was conducted between March 11-15. 34% of those polled said that they were opposed to France's continued membership in the EU, with 66% saying they were in favor of the country remaining in the supranational union.
TRANSLATION: "On June 23, the citizens of the UK will decide through a referendum if they want their country to remain in the EU or leave. If a referendum on membership was held in our country, would you vote for or against France remaining in the EU?" Blue: Against France remaining in the EU; Orange: For France remaining in the EU
At the same time, when asked hypothetically about whether the EU "will exist in twenty years," 36% said that they believed that it 'definitely' or 'probably' wouldn't, while 64% said that it 'definitely' or 'probably' would. Interestingly, only 20% of respondents were 'definitely' convinced that the EU would continue to exist.
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