France warming to Turkey .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - A recent public survey in France has revealed that if all the criteria were met, the percentage of French citizens who would look warmly upon Turkish accession to the European Union has climbed to 61 percent.

The poll prepared for the Turkish Embassy in Paris in June by the public polling institution "Opinionway," had interesting results.

The study was performed on a group of 1,004 participants over the age of 18 and selected to represent an accurate distribution of the French population according to gender, age, occupation and residence.

Private CNNTürk news channel reported that when asked whether they looked positively on Turkey becoming an EU member, 35 percent of those surveyed responded yes and 62 percent said no.

Meeting criteria is important
Of the 62 percent group, when asked if Turkey were to meet all the political, economic and legal criteria whether then they would then look favorably on membership, 42 percent said yes and 57 percent said no.

The polling company said that combining the people who were positive about Turkish EU membership and those who would view it positively if the necessary reforms were made, the total number of French people who supported Turkey’s membership was 61 percent. Those surveyed said they know Turkey with its rich history.