Monday, May 6, 2013

The French Are Pessimists

Right, so what else is new:
Ce constat rend d'autant plus étonnant l'extrême pessimisme des Français. En moyenne, 92 % des Européens ont un sentiment négatif sur l'avenir de leur pays ou sur le sort de leurs concitoyens. Dans l'Hexagone, 97 % des ménages voient les choses en noir. Davantage que les Espagnols (94 %) ou les Italiens (91 %). Surtout, 85 % des Français pensent que les choses ne feront que s'aggraver dans l'année à venir, contre 75 % des Européens.
Of course, what's striking here is how pessimistic all of Europe is. The French, as is their wont, are overdoing it a bit, but there aren't many hopeful economic signs in Europe, so these results are hardly surprising.

2 comments:

Hilary Barnes said...

The French, surely, are never happier than when expressing their dissatisfaction!

FrédéricLN said...

@ Hilary Barnes: you make a very good point. I just can't feel any kind of (specific, new) pessimism round here in Ile-de-France. But a very widespread, let's say unanimous, criticism of the way the country is run — and *that* is new.

Most of them think "the country is badly oriented. So I will care for myself, and I will cope". Expressing dissatisfaction against the present administration is a way to express self-confidence and energy to cope with this "crisis".

(That written — unemployment is no fiction).