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One in three French ready to give it all up for love

Matthew Warren · 27 Sep 2011, 15:10

Published: 27 Sep 2011 10:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 27 Sep 2011 15:10 GMT+02:00

An opinion poll has revealed that 37 percent of French people would be prepared to abandon their current lives if they fell in love.

The survey, carried out by Opinion Way and reported in Tuesday's Le Parisien newspaper, asked people what they would be prepared to give up if they fell head over heels.

Women were more prepared to move and change their jobs than men. 41 percent of women said they could change everything while 32 percent of men agreed.

"There is a certain amount of sacrifice in the choice to give it all up for someone else and sacrifice is still something more feminine," psychoanalyst Sophie Cadalen told the newspaper.

Two-thirds of people questioned said they would happily leave the area they live in. When it came to work, women seemed more prepared than men to make a change, with 43 percent of women saying they would abandon their jobs compared to 35 percent for men.

Unsurprisingly, young people were happier to uproot and move on than those over 50. More than half the 25-34 year olds questioned, 52 percent, would change everything but this fell to just 25 percent for the over-50s. 

One of the surprising results of the survey was the lack of difference between single people and those already in relationships.

While 39 percent of single people said they would be happy to trade everything in for love, the figure for those who were already in relationships was only slightly lower, at 36 percent. 

"Just because we live with someone doesn't mean we lock away all our fantasies and stop ourselves from continuing to dream," said Cadalen. "It's even healthy!"

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