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60% of France opposes Russia sanctions due to economic impact

Ramin Mazaheri
Press TV, Paris

With record inflation already established and long-term recession looming, few could deny that Europe’s sanctions war on Russia has backfired economically, so far. A new poll from a top French TV news channel has found that the French have become extremely pessimistic about the conflict in Ukraine, and increasingly fed up with the price they have to pay for a country which is not even a part of the European Union or the eurozone.

The poll found that almost 60% want the sanctions on Russia to stop or be reduced if they have too big an impact on the average French person’s purchasing power.

A whopping 75% of France says the sanctions on Russia have not been effective. France is split almost 50-50 on the question of has military and financial aid to Ukraine been effective. Almost 85% of those polled think the war will drag on for years.

The poll goes against the stated positions of Brussels, Paris and France’s mainstream media moguls, but the economic difficulty of the French working class is extremely hard to suppress.

There were over 100 arrests in Paris last weekend at a protest of the economic-based Yellow Vest movement. Many wonder if the French will increasingly brave well-known police and judicial repression in order to protest an unequal economy which appears certain to only worsen.

After the coronavirus pause, the Yellow Vests have been marching nation-wide every Saturday since their “Season 2” began in October 2021. However, French media have essentially had a blackout on the group since about June 2019.

While Europe is warning that energy shortages are likely to produce a winter of frosty discontent, the new poll shows a majority of France had already grown weary of sanctions on Russia by the twilight of summer.

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