Three quarters of French believe robots 'steal' jobs
A European Commission backed survey spoke to people across Europe about their attitude to robotics and the impact they may have on life in the future.
And whilst the survey was used by the Commission and industry to promote investment in robot technologies, respondents felt that a clear balance had to be made.
Across Europe 70% of people said robots stole people's jobs, with a higher proportion of people believing this in southern member states such as Portugal (89%) and Spain 84%).
Overall 67% of the French interviewed had a positive view of robots, with people believing that space exploration, industry and military operations would benefit from the use of robots.
However, more than half of the French people surveyed believed robots did not have a role in education, whilst 64% were against there use when caring for children, the elderly or the disabled.
The survey results were compiled from face to face interviews conducted with 26,751 European citizens aged over 15 years, between February and March 2012 in the 27 Member States (1,059 respondents in France).
French public attitude towards robots: