The Strategist

Number of Anti-Muslim Attacks in France Reached a Record High

01/20/2016 - 14:48

Minister of Internal Affairs of France Bernard Cazeneuve said that number of anti-Muslim attacks in the country increased sharply and amounted to approximately 400. Majority of attacks on religious grounds continue to be committed against Jews and Christians.

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The number of anti-Muslim attacks in France significantly increased at the end of 2015, and was "about 400," said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in an exclusive interview with the newspaper La Croix. Discussing the current situation in the country, the Interior Minister said that deterioration of the French’s attitude towards Muslims was manifested immediately after the attack on the editor of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7 last year. According to Mr. Bernard Cazeneuve, the number of acts of aggression against Muslims increased threefold on the next day after the terrorist attacks. The series of terrorist attacks carried out by ISIL militants in Paris hardly add tolerance to Muslims either.    

Number of attacks on religious grounds against the Jews decreased by 5% in the past year, but still remains at a very high level. In total, Interior Ministry counted 806 anti-Semitic acts. By the way, as it became known earlier, immigration to Israel at the end of 2015 reached values record over the past 12 years. At that, the most of the immigrants came precisely from France - 7.9 thousand people. In total, according to the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption and the Jewish Agency, the number of immigrants exceeded 30 thousand people at the end of 2015, which is 10% higher than the figures for 2014.
Christians in France are suffering the most. Christian places of worship and cemeteries were attacked 810 times over the last year.

It is also worth noting that last week, three religious associations related to a mosque in the town of Lagny-sur-Marne ceased its activities due to decision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of France.

"Our country there has no room for organizations that call for terrorism or sow hatred" - said Mr. Cazeneuve.

This is the first ban on Muslim organizations associated with mosques, imposed after the state of emergency in connection with the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015. After these event, Prime Minister Manuel Valls issued a statement that France intends to terminate activities of radical mosques.

Islam in France is the second religion by number of followers. According to various reports, the Muslim community of the republic has up to 6 million people and is the largest in size in Western Europe.