Is democracy passé in France?

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French Foreign Legion Pioneers march with their axes and aprons through Place Concorde, in Paris, France, Friday 14 July 2006, during the Bastille Day military parade. France commemorates this day the storming of La Bastille prison in 1789 that led to the end of Monarchy.

A Republic without Republicans: an opinion poll indicates the French are not keen on democracy. 40% prefer autocracy, 67% prefer technocracy.


A French focus group study published on Monday suggests that 40% of French would welcome an authoritarian government. Depending on how one understands authoritarianism, this number could be more close to 60%.

The study conducted by Ifop engaged over 1000 French adults and involved polling of groups divided according to their party preference – National Front, Republican, Socialists, far left – and asked to what extend they agree or disagreed with the following statement:

"Some people think...


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