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Poll: France The Gloomiest Country

PARIS, Dec. 23 (UPI) — A poll conducted for the French newspaper Le Parisien indicates the country’s people are the most pessimistic in the world.

Five-hundred to 2,700 people were interviewed by telephone and Internet Oct. 26-Dec. 13 in 51 countries in the BVA-Gallup poll, The Local reported Friday.

France got an overall negative score of 79, the lowest in the history of the poll.

“We have never seen a score this low in 34 years of doing the study,” said Celine Bracq of BVA-Gallup.

The second unhappiest country in the survey was Ireland, with a score of negative 68, followed by Austria and Belgium, each with a score of negative 54.

Nigeria was found to be the cheeriest country in the poll, with a positive score of 80, followed by Vietnam at 51, Ghana at 50 and Uzbekistan at 45.

Anthropologist Gilles Boetsch said there were several reasons for gloom in France, including the economy and the uncertain future of social benefits.

“Parents know that their children won’t necessarily have a better situation than them,” he said.

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    Unless France’s version of space cadet utopians are responsible for their so-called gloom, I don’t understand why this is so. France is the land of wine and rich food.
    In America, it’s a combination of pc and keeping one foot in the grave to drinks lots of wine and not back away from rich food. As a nation, all that rich food doesn’t seem to keep the French people on a short leash to cardiologists and knife-happy MDs.
    Enjoy it while you have it, France. Any time you want to trade places, we’ll trade politicians on a 1-for-2 basis [you give us one, and we'll give you two]. And we’ll throw in Ben the Boob Bernanke FREE.

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