PARIS (Dispatches) – Anti-Islam acts in France have increased by 52 percent during 2020 compared with 2019, according to a human rights committee report issued on Friday.
This came in a report on racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia, released by the French National Consultative Committee on Human Rights (CNCDH).
The report pointed out that 59 percent of respondents to an online survey conducted last March “consider Islam a threat to French identity.”
Meanwhile, 72 percent of respondents expressed their belief that immigrants come to France only to benefit from social protection.
The report indicated a 22 percent decrease in racist acts during 2020, with 888 racist incidents being recorded.
The report stated that anti-Semitic acts dropped by 51 percent during 2020 compared with 2019, while anti-Islam acts increased by 52 percent during the same period.
It also revealed a noticeable increase in racist acts towards Asians, coinciding with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization also stressed in the statement that the statistics announced by the Ministry of the Interior constitute only a small part of the racist acts taking place in France, due to the absence of filed complaints regarding many attacks.
The CNCDH in its conclusion highlighted that the phenomenon of racism in France remains “largely underreported and often manifested through forms of subtle rejection sometimes difficult to characterize and denounce for people who are victims,” while appealing to public authorities and civil society to combat racism through actions and extreme vigilance.