The latest Standard Eurobarometer found that distrust in the EU is currently the majority in Greece, France, Slovakia and Cyprus. The EU’s own report published last month found that a majority of respondents in 21 EU states say they trust Brussels.
But in France, only 36 percent of respondents said they trusted EU institutions, with 50 percent saying they do not trust Brussels and 14 percent saying they did not know.
The stark numbers sparked calls for a Frexit referendum as soon as next year, as presidential candidates campaign across the country for the 2022 elections.
Generation Frexit leader, Charles-Henri Gallois, blasted: “Latest Eurobarometer: only 36 percent of French trust the EU, it is 13 points lower than the EU average.
“The highest level of scepticism.
“Will the candidates for the 2022 presidential election propose a referendum on our membership of the EU?”
French will head to the polls next spring to either reconfirm Emmanuel Macron as their president or choose the next leader for the Republic.
A new opinion poll on Friday saw far-right maverick Eric Zemmour edge Marine Le Pen out of the qualifying spot for a second-round duel against President Macron in next April’s presidential election.
The political talk show star’s meteoric rise in opinion polls has upturned long-held expectations that the second round is sure to be a repeat of the 2017 contest pitting Macron against Le Pen, whose party has dominated the far-right for decades.
Ipsos Sopra Steria pollsters noted that Zemmour, who holds convictions for inciting hatred and once said women “don’t embody power”, is a more divisive figure among voters than Le Pen.
Only 20 percent consider he has what it takes to be president, compared with 30 percent for Le Pen.
While 21 percent of men over 60 back Zemmour, his support women under 35 is only 8 percent.
The poll was conducted among 16,000 people interviewed on October 7-13.
So far, none of the candidates has explicitly vowed to offer the country a Frexit referendum.
But both Marine Le Pen and former EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier have pledged to offer a vote on the country’s independence from the EU on immigration policies.