France keenest on Brexit among EU nations

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From bloody wars to gentle ribbing and occasional cross-Channel bashing, France and Britain's relationship status has been complicated for nearly a thousand years, reports The Economic Times.

And as Britain wavers over whether or not to leave the European Union, studies show its old Gallic "frenemy" has a larger proportion of citizens in favour of the Brexit than other members polled.

"This shows the relationship between France and Europe today, and the relationship between France and Britain since always," said Dominique Moisi, of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI).

A series of polls between April and June show that between 32 percent and 41 percent of the population would see their neighbour's departure from the Eu in a positive light.

The most recent study by the Pew Research Center showed that the overwhelming feeling across Europe was that Brexit would be bad for the EU, a sentiment felt most strongly in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany.