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Poll: Two-thirds of French oppose Syria action

Sept. 7, 2013 4:03 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 8, 2013 12:03 P.M.)
PARIS (AFP) -- More than two-thirds of French people are against the country taking part in international military action in Syria, according to a newspaper poll published Saturday.

The survey for French daily Le Figaro showed the country's opposition to military action against the Damascus regime has increased markedly since the end of August.

Asked whether they would be in favor of French participation -- which President Francois Hollande strongly supports -- 68 percent of respondents said no.

That was an increase of nine percentage points on a survey published on August 29.

The survey also showed that 64 percent oppose all international military action in Syria -- irrespective of French involvement -- compared with just 45 percent on August 29.

France is the only international power to have vowed to join any US military action in Syria, which Russia strongly opposes.

However, at a G20 summit that failed to resolve bitter international divisions on the issue, Hollande said he would wait for a much-anticipated report by United Nations inspectors on the deadly August 21 attacks before joining any military action.

The survey came as US Secretary of State John Kerry embarked on a tour of Europe to try to muster support for military strikes against Syria after what the United States says was a chemical weapons attack by the regime of President Bashar Assad near Damascus.

The Ifop poll surveyed 972 people between August 26 and 28.

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