OLDER people in France are happy with their lives, a survey has found.
The poll found that 88% of French people over the age of 70 whose household income is more than €1,000 per month are “happy”, while - contrary to popular belief - nearly 90% feel “well surrounded”.
The happiness figure drops to 78% among those whose household income is less than €1,000 per month.
The biggest surprise, however, came from those who said that they don’t regard loneliness as a problem. Just over half (51%) said they “enjoy the solitude,” because being alone means they are “not subject to the demands of others”.
Meanwhile, 93% of people over 70 say they feel well integrated into society.
Piquet-François Marty, president of ViaVoice analysis, which carried out the study, said: “Older people aspire to be autonomous and free. This is a time where we can be more independent than when you have a job and children.”