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Majority of Frenchmen View Anti-pompidou Demonstrations As American Consensus

A majority of Frenchmen believe that the demonstrations against President Georges Pompidou during his American tour were not the work of Jews alone but represented a consensus of the attitude of the American people, according to a public opinion poll published in Le Figaro today. The poll, conducted by the respected Sofres Institute, said 47 percent of those questioned held that opinion against 41 percent who believe that most Americans welcomed the French President. The poll reported that 39 percent of Frenchmen believe that the demonstrations should be taken “as a warning” by the French Government. Fifteen percent considered them of no importance and 36 percent believe they showed lack of courtesy to an official guest. The French weekly Canard Enchaine reported today that the Deputy Defense Minister has ordered French military security to compile detailed lists of all French Army officers known to be friendly towards Israel. The paper noted that the Ministry has denied this but insists that security officials have already begun the task.