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Most French feel no moral debt to US over liberation

REUTERS , PARIS

Less than 50 percent of French believe they have a moral debt to the US, 60 years after the D-Day landings that helped liberate France from Nazi Germany', an opinion poll showed on Saturday.

Most of the 1,000 people polled by Le Parisien newspaper blamed US President George W. Bush for a decline in French attitudes towards the US over the past four years.

The poll showed 48 percent of respondents believed France, liberated by US and other Allied forces during World War II, had a moral debt to the US. Fifty percent said their country did not.

Another Le Parisien poll, that was to be published yesterday, showed the French believed the June 6, 1944 D-Day landings were the greatest historical event of the last century, ahead of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of apartheid.

Seventy-two percent of those polled said D-Day marked the start of France's liberation from Nazi Germany.

A separate poll by Le Journal du Dimanche showed 84 percent of French did not want to see Bush re-elected in November.

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