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Survey: French Becoming More Racist

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Survey: French becoming more racist

Tuesday, March 21, 2006; Posted: 7:39 p.m. EST (00:39 GMT)


The survey was held immediately after several weeks of rioting in poor suburbs around France.

PARIS, France (Reuters) -- One third of French people say they are racist, a French human rights watchdog said on Tuesday, after a survey that showed an increase from last year in the number of people who acknowledged being racist.

Some 33 percent of 1,011 people surveyed face-to-face by pollsters CSA said they were "somewhat" or "a little" racist, up 8 percentage points from last year, according to an annual report by the National Consultative Commission for Human Rights.

The poll asked the question "When it comes to you personally, would you say you are ..." followed by a list of options: somewhat racist, a bit racist, not racist, not very racist, not racist at all and don't want to say.

The poll revealed deep economic and social anxiety, Joel Thoraval, the commission's president, said in a statement released to coincide with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

"Despite the efforts deployed to fight racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia there is still a long way to go," he said.

The report, presented to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, was conducted from November 17-22, 2005, immediately after several weeks of rioting in poor suburbs around the country.

Thousands of cars were torched by youths who said they faced discrimination, police harassment and lack of access to jobs. Youth unemployment is as high as 50 percent in some poor urban areas.

France does not keep official statistics on the number of people belonging to ethnic groups, arguing that to do so would undermine social cohesion and go against its republican ideals.

France has Europe's largest Jewish and Muslim minorities with about 600,000 Jews and 5 million Muslims, mainly of north African origin.

Asked about their main fears for French society, 27 percent listed unemployment. Insecurity and poverty were cited by 16 and 11 percent respectively as their primary concern.

Right-wing politician Jean-Marie Le Pen stunned France when he came second in the first round of presidential elections in 2002 against President Jacques Chirac, espousing policies that included a tough line on foreigners.

The French League of Human Rights said in a press release that politicians trivialized racism and associated petty crime, economic crisis and housing shortages with an excessive number of foreigners.

The number of violent racist or xenophobic acts reported to the authorities fell to 88 in 2005 from 169 in 2004, partly because of a sharp drop in Corsica, which accounted for almost half of all such acts in 2004, the commission's report said.

But the number of threats reported fell at a slower rate, to 382 in 2005 from 461 in 2004, the commission said.

Separately, Europe's top human rights body, the Council of Europe, issued a region-wide call for vigilance against the spread of discrimination, hate speech and stereotyping across different forms of media.
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Asked about their main fears for French society, 27 percent listed unemployment. Insecurity and poverty were cited by 16 and 11 percent respectively as their primary concern.
http://www.viewswire.com/index.asp?l..._id=1359802921

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while many European countries had focused on reducing debt over the last decade, the ratio of debt had risen faster in France than anywhere else. Between 1990 and 2005, general government debt increased from 35% to 66% of GDP, largely to finance unemployment and healthcare benefits funds. Worse, the commission said that taking into account unfunded pension and other liabilities, the debt-to-GDP ratio is approaching 100% and is increasing faster than GDP growth—ie, at an unsustainable pace. As it has done uninterruptedly since 2002, France will run a primary budget deficit in 2006 and 2007, meaning that the government will be borrowing just to help it service interest payments.
- australian public debt is approx 0% of GDP
- canadian public debt is approx 40% of GDP
- US public debt is approx 65% of GDP
- french public debt is approx 100% of GDP

+ french unemployment is double that of the US

france, apparently becoming more racist, definitely getting poor...

long live the famous french social model
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- australian public debt is approx 0% of GDP
- canadian public debt is approx 40% of GDP
- US public debt is approx 65% of GDP
- french public debt is approx 100% of GDP

+ french unemployment is double that of the US

france, apparently becoming more racist, definitely getting poor...

long live the famous french social model
That is absolutely AMAZING! How in the world is that economy sustainable?!
And here I thought the U.S. was the crappiest in the world.
Oh well, we're sure to catch up soon enough. I mean we're gonna spend another $500 BILLION more on the Iraqi war.

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check it out:

http://store.eiu.com/index.asp?layou...&country_id=FR

France has been running a primary deficit since 2002, which means that it is borrowing to service interest payments on government debt...

The (french) state paid EUR 47.2 billion in interest last year, a figure that accounted for 20 percent of the national budget, following payments of EUR 45.9 billion in 2003, EUR 46.2 billion in 2002 and EUR 45.9 billion in 2001...
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http://www.viewswire.com/index.asp?l..._id=1359802921


- australian public debt is approx 0% of GDP
- canadian public debt is approx 40% of GDP
- US public debt is approx 65% of GDP
- french public debt is approx 100% of GDP

+ french unemployment is double that of the US

france, apparently becoming more racist, definitely getting poor...

long live the famous french social model
these numbers aren't saying much, really.
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That is absolutely AMAZING! How in the world is that economy sustainable?!
It's not...you can't give, give, give away the store. Just look at what is happening to Ford and General Motors. They are giving the store away and going bankrupt.

And if the Republicans don't pull in the reins on this out-of-control spending I'm gonna be pissed and have to write in a candidate.

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It's absolutely shamefull...It's said that people change etc. but they're getting worse and worse The worst is that I don't see racism in France,I live there and I don't see it,it's worrying
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I don't think you can take a poll like this very seriously. How do you know people are answering honestly? Racism could be far more or far less prevalent than the poll indicates.

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most people are racist.
it's not a big shock...the french are probably more open about it, that's all.

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It's not...you can't give, give, give away the store. Just look at what is happening to Ford and General Motors. They are giving the store away and going bankrupt.

And if the Republicans don't pull in the reins on this out-of-control spending I'm gonna be pissed and have to write in a candidate.

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