Racist, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic attacks in France have seen a huge fall since 2008, while attacks on Christian places of worship have more than doubled, according to France’s interior ministry.
After a record number of anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim attacks were documented in 2015, the French government spent €100 million on a massive anti-populist campaign to reduce Islamophobia, racism and anti-Semitism.
Racist, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic attacks, including fires, violence, degradation, and threats, sharply declined by over 50 percent.
However, attacks on Christian places of worship in 2016 increased by 17.4 percent.
The French government credited the drop in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim attacks as the “fruit of the government’s action plan.” Interior minister Bruno Le Roux said: “Thanks to an unprecedented mobilization of state services, we have already achieved very encouraging results, as evidence by the figures for 2016. This gives us much satisfaction.”
The minister warned against “triumphalism” saying: “Faced with racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim, and anti-Christian acts, we must not slacken our guard, quite the contrary… We continue, and we will continue always to fight against these absolutely intolerable acts, which sully the Republic.”
The newspaper, Agence France-Presse, pointed out that while it is to be expected that attacks on churches are the most abundant because they exist in the largest number, cases involving Christian places of worship being defiled saw a huge rise between 2008 and 2016.
The government claims that the majority of the 949 attacks on churches had “no religious motive” but that “satanic motivation” was possible in 14 cases and “anarchist” motivation was possible in 25 cases.
Since 2008, attacks on Christian places of worship have risen by 245 percent.
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