It's what some have called a "French paradox": a country with historically high medicine consumption has notably low confidence in vaccines, a trend that has sparked concern in the early days of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.
Trailing its European neighbours in the first weeks of its vaccination campaign, the French government was accused by some of capitulating to a vaccine-hesitant population. Experts say the delay, however, was likely also logistical.
Yet France remains one of the most vaccine-hesitant countries in the world, despite some recent signs that as more people are vaccinated for COVID, confidence rises.
Nevertheless, just 40% of people in France said that if a COVID-19 vaccine was available they would get it, according to a December 2020 Ipsos survey.
The same survey showed that 77% of respondents in the UK, 65% in Germany and 62% in Italy and Spain would be willing to get a coronavirus vaccine.
**Recent surveys, however, have shown that may be rising slightly, with an IFOP poll released on Monday showing 54% of French people would be willing to be vaccinated, 15 points higher than in December.
Ipsos' survey from October had shown French willingness to get the vaccine at around the same level before the drop in December.**
A December survey carried out by Public Health France showed a significant difference in confidence between genders and ages, something that remains the same in polls released earlier this week.
Under a third of people aged 18-49 said they intended to receive a coronavirus jab, compared with 61% of people over the age of 65.
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The study for Public Health France also showed in December that just 29% of women in France said they intended to get a COVID-19 vaccination, compared with 53% of men.
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