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French Oppose Increase in France’s Aid to Greece, Poll Shows

Nov. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Most French people don’t want an increase in France’s financial contribution to a plan to help Greece, with almost nine in 10 saying the country won’t repay its debts, according to a poll.

Sixty-three percent of respondents to an Ifop survey for the newspaper Ouest France said they did not support an increase of France’s contribution to the Greek debt plan to 15 billion euros ($20.7 billion). Thirty-seven percent said they approved of France’s level of support. A September survey by Ifop indicated 68 percent of those asked disagreed with the amount and 32 percent backed it.

The survey showed that 89 percent of the respondents believed Greece will not repay its debt and that difficulties within countries using the euro will “increase dangerously” if the crisis isn’t solved.

A separate poll by Ifop for Atlantico showed 67 percent of respondents want to retain the euro as France’s currency and 32 percent would like a return to the French franc.

Paris-based Ifop interviewed 1,040 people on Greek aid from Nov. 2 to yesterday and surveyed 1,016 people on the euro Nov. 3 and yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tara Patel in Paris at tpatel2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Will Kennedy at wkennedy3@bloomberg.net

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