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France is pessimistic about the future, new poll shows

French people have a dire view of the future, with 68 percent saying they feel pessimistic.
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Supporters of France's Socialist Party celebrate newly elected President Francois Hollande on May 6, 2012 in Rennes, western France, after the announcement of the first official results of the French presidential final round. (Damien Meyer /AFP/Getty Images)

A new poll by a French think tank reveals what appears to be a pessimism epidemic. The poll, released today by the French Institute of Public Opinion, said that 68 percent of the French population are pessimistic about their future, RFI reported.

The figure is the highest since 2005, when 70 percent of French reported feeling pessimistic, according to RFI. 

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The news comes a week after a survey showed that new Socialist President Francois Hollande's approval rating is slipping, Reuters reported. Since Hollande took office in May, his approval rating has slowly gotten worse, now reaching 54 percent.

"It's the first time that anxiety is so high at the beginning of a presidential mandate," the polling firm said. France is also facing its highest percentage of unemployment in 13 years, according to Reuters.

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