Report: Racist and anti-religious attacks on the rise in France

SSMSI, the statistics service within the Ministry of Interior, published a report on the acts of racism, religion and xenophobia in 2022 in France.

According to the report, the “social climate” continues to deteriorate in the country, beyond the demonstrations regarding inflation and pension reform.

In 2022, there was a 5 percent increase in racist, xenophobic or anti-religious attacks in France compared to 2021, and a total of 12,600 crimes were recorded, most of which were insults, provocations and defamation.

Africans more targeted

The majority of those who have been subjected to racist attacks are people of African descent between the ages of 25 and 54.

While the perpetrators of the attack were generally older than the victims, it was noteworthy that the majority of the victims were women.

While discriminatory and racist attacks are mostly seen in the mainland, where the capital Paris and its suburbs Seine-Saint-Denis and Bas-Rhin region are located, such incidents are relatively rare in overseas regions.

French Education Minister Pap Ndiaye announced the establishment of the committee for the “National Plan to Combat Racism, Anti-Semitism and Discrimination Based on Origin”, presented by Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on “21 March, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination”.

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