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The raucous Europhobic Tory press and their pitch to mould the new conservatism

By John Lloyd   June 1996

A poll commissioned by the French Geopolitique institute earlier this month showed that roughly 60 per cent of French voters did not want to switch from the franc to the euro-or indeed any other currency. This was reported as being a shock for the country’s main political parties, all of which support monetary union. (These parties had commissioned their own polls, showing that their supporters, or the citizenry, were pleased to exchange the franc fort for the euro fort.)

The Geopolitique poll revealed that French sentiments on European matters are closer to those of the British than we might think,…

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