Most French men and a third of French women cheat on their partners, according to a new poll. The Ifop study found that some 55 per cent of French men and 32 per cent of French women admit to cheating - figures that could help explain why so many French are unfazed by the dalliances of their president, Francois Hollande. Infidelity has been on the rise since the 1970s, when about 19 per cent admitted to cheating, according to the study for Gleeden, an extramarital dating website.
Francois Kraus of Ifop said: "One of the study's key findings is the enduring difference in perception of infidelity among men and women, with the latter much less accepting of dalliances than men."
The survey came days after allegations that Hollande was having an affair with Julie Gayet, a 41-year old actress - who was seen in public on Tuesday for the first time since their alleged liason was revealed - and fascination abroad at how little the French claimed it interested them. The study also found that Left-wing French were more likely to cheat on their partners than those who identify themselves as on the Right.