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Word association time - French famers

So, what did you come up with?

In yet another one of those 'only in France' polls, Ifop has, for the ninth time, polled the Plain People of France on their image of French farmers:

My first thought was 'subsidised', and some 53% of the French think this true of their farmers. Rather amusingly, folk in rural communes (60%) are more likely to think this than urbanites (51%) or the dreaded Parisians (48%). Maybe because they see each year's new tractor.... There is an almighty gender disconnect with 58% of men and 48% of women thinking farmers subsidised. The far left (39%) are the least likely to agree, and the Liberals (63%) the most likely.

Top of the list for traits are 'modern' and 'have the trust of consumers' (sssh, no one mention the French equivalent of BSE, JCB disease.....), with 78% agreeing.

Elsewhere, 29% think them 'egotistical' and 19% think them 'violent'. As to egotistical, there is another stark gender disconnect - 23% of women agree, but 35% of men do. Is the equivalent of the NFU engaged in some charm offensive that only features in women's magazines? The rustic types are more inclined to agree at 33% than provincial urbanites (29%), but Parisians must have remembered all the manifestations - 34%

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