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Poll: 61% of French believe Islam is not compatible with French society
In a poll conducted among French respondents concerning Islam and French society as a whole, numbers showed an unsurprising rise in negative attitudes towards Islam and its relationship with France.
According to a poll published by the Ipsos survey institute, 61% of French respondents believe that Islam is not compatible with French society. In contrast, according to the same survey, only 17% of respondents believe that Judaism is not compatible with French society, while 6% believe that Catholicism is not as well.

 

 

According to the poll, these numbers mark an increase in sentiments that Islam and French society are not compatible with one another from 2013 to the present.

 

French Muslims (Photo: AFP) (Photo: AFP)
French Muslims (Photo: AFP)

 

However, it is also worth noting that the number of respondents who do believe the two can coexist have increased from 26% to 39% over the same time period.

 

Additionally, according to the same survey, 79% support the ban on wearing veils in French universities and 77% support the ban on wearing the burqini—the Muslim female bathing suit that covers the body almost completely.

 

Last summer saw a firestorm of controversy arise over the issue, with some towns sending police officers to beaches to ensure the prohibition was being enforced.

 

Burqini (Photo: MCT) (Photo: MCT)
Burqini (Photo: MCT)

 

Given the aforementioned information, it is no surprise that 90% of respondents believed that secularism is vital to France.

 

In the last two years, close to 200 people were murdered by Islamic terrorists in France. Since the Charlie Hedbo attacks, there has been a steady rise in the amount of French who believe that Islam and French society are not compatible.

 

(Translated and edited by Fred Goldberg)

 

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