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French prejudices increasing

According to an article by AFP (via Expatica), a poll conducted by BVA has demonstrated racist tendencies among the French. Of course, as with all polls, there are many factors that influence – question wording, tone of voice, social pressure, time of the day asked…etc. Some may argue that these views are based on everyday realities in France, and others consider it outright racism. It’s safe to say that this exists in every country, but I just wanted to highlight an element in France, a country trying to reconcile its past and traditions with its evolving and increasingly multi-ethnic identity. Excerpts below:

More than one in 10 French people admit to being racist and many have prejudicial views of immigrants, homosexuals, blacks, Arab and Jews, according to a survey released Sunday.
A poll by the BVA institute for two anti-discrimination groups found, for example, that 30 percent of the French agree with the idea that Jews have more influence on finance and the media than other groups.
Almost as many, 28 percent, think that Arabs are more likely to commit crimes than members of other groups, a number that has more than doubled since a similar poll was conducted last year.
A significant minority of the French, 15 percent, admit to being “rather or a bit racist”, up one percent on the previous study. Almost half of respondents, 49 percent, thought that immigrants are better able to exploit the social welfare system than are the native French, and 12 percent said homosexuals were more obsessed by sex than others….

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