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French and Italian love-rats top European infidelity poll

Published on Feb 27, 2014 8:01 AM

PARIS (AFP) - When even their President is being caught sneaking around behind his partner's back, it is perhaps unsurprising to find the French topping a poll for infidelity, alongside the equally hot-blooded Italians.

More than one in two men - 55 per cent - from France and Italy admitted to cheating on their partners, along with one in three women.

The poll by Ifop, released on Wednesday, comes just a few weeks after "le scandale" in France, when President Francois Hollande was snapped leaving the home of actress Julie Gayet, on a scooter.

The photos led to the collapse of his relationship with long-time partner Valerie Trierweiler and a torrent of worldwide comment about French attitudes to fidelity.

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