Washington’s Blog 
August 31, 2013
The French people – like the Americans – oppose war against Syria.
Agence France-Presse and the Local reported  yesterday:
On the same day France dispatched a ship towards Syria a survey conducted by IFOP for Le Figaro newspaper shows the French hold a mainly negative view towards a possible military intervention in Syria by the country’s armed forces.
The poll revealed that 59% of the public are against French involvement.
The Windsor Start notes :
A new poll suggests nearly three in five French people would oppose France joining any military action in Syria.
The fact that the French government  – like the American government – is willing to ignore its people’s wishes is stunning. (France was, of course, the empire which formerly ruled  Syria as a colony.)
Indeed, most people worldwide  are opposed to a strike on Syria:
A new poll by The Sun shows that Brits oppose a missile strike against Syria by a factor of 2-to-1. 
A new poll in Germany shows that 69%  of the German people were against a military strike on Syria.
A Pew poll from May – after the previous chemical weapon attack – found :
Eight-in-ten Germans (82%) opposed such assistance, as did more than two-thirds of the French (69%) and a majority of the British (57%). Even the Turks (65%), who share a border with Syria and now house 300,000 refugees from the civil war, oppose military aid to the rebels.
Publics in the Middle East are even less supportive of the West getting involved. In five of the six countries that were surveyed in March in the region – Lebanon (80%), Turkey (68%), Tunisia (60%), Egypt (59%) and the Palestinian territories (63%) – publics opposed Americans or Europeans supplying the Syrian rebels with weapons.