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Poll: Paris attacks eroded French support for refugees
French public opinion shifted against welcoming refugees to France after terrorist attacks in November, a poll showed Wednesday, ending a brief stretch during which pro and con opinions on the issue were roughly matched.
The Ifop poll for Atlantico, which was conducted online in January after the attacks in Paris and mass sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in Cologne, showed that 60 percent of respondents opposed welcoming refugees, versus 40 percent who were in favor.
According to analyst Jérome Fourquet, the poll signaled a return to a stable distribution of opinions after a period during which the pro and con camps were nearly equal — after the publication of a photograph of a toddler lying dead on a beach in Turkey caused an international stir.
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