The French regard Yasser Arafat as a hero rather than a terrorist, according to a new poll.
Asked to choose whether the Palestinian Authority chairman is a 'hero of national resistance' or a terrorist, 43 percent chose the former and 27% the latter.
Ten percent said Arafat fit into both categories, while 9% said he was neither.
The poll, published Monday and commissioned jointly by the Liberation newspaper and a national public radio station, also found that three times as many French people hold Prime Minister Ariel Sharon more responsible for Middle East violence than hold Arafat.
In addition, 34% said they had more sympathy for the Palestinians, as opposed to 13% for Israel.