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One in two French want Greece out of euro – poll

A pensioner waits outside a branch of the National Bank to receive part of his pension in Athens

One in two French want Greece to leave the euro zone, according to a survey by pollster Odoxa published by Le Parisien daily on Tuesday.

That was up about from the 39 percent who said they backed ‘Grexit’ in a similar survey a month ago, hinting at a growing frustration with Athens even in France, whose political leaders have been among its supporters.

The latest poll was conducted on Monday, a day after Greek voters delivered a clear ‘No’ to the latest cash-for-reform offer by Greece’s creditors.

No fewer than 75 per cent of those surveyed dismissed the proposition that “austerity policies are the only way out of the economic crisis for Europe”, while a small majority – 55 per cent – were in favour of restructuring Greek debt.

Despite calls by France’s far-right National Front this week for a dissolution of the euro zone, French public support for the single currency was holding up, with 67 per cent opposed to abandoning the euro to return to the French franc.

The Odoxa poll of 1,003 people was carried out by Internet.

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