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CNCDH, Report on anti-Semitism and xenophobia 2013: the spread of racist speech and a continuation of the rise of intolerance (Rapport racisme, antisémitisme et xénophobie 2013 : banalisation de la parole raciste et poursuite de la montée de l’intolérance), 12 June 2014

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Type of publication


Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution

Human rights or equality body


CNCDH | Commission Nationale Consultative des Droits de l'Homme

Main Thematic Focus

Racism & xenophobia Public perceptions & attitudes

Target Population

General population Muslims Ethnic minorities

Key findings

Tolerance in France fell, for the fourth consecutive year, with a fall of 3.3 points between 2012 and 2013, but this drop extends to socio-political groups which until now had resisted the “xenophobic temptation”. The index concerning North Africans and Muslims continues to deteriorate, these two groups remaining, with Roma, the least tolerated. And, for the first time, between 2012 and 2013, there was a fall in the tolerance concerning black and Jewish people. The Arabian Muslims and Roma are the new favoured targets of this recrudescence of intolerance. The opinion polls also represent the emergence of a phenomenon of Islamophobia and the increasingly ostentatious and commonplace expression of prejudices with regard to Roma, while the statistics of the Ministry of the Interior show, this year again, a rise in anti-Muslim acts.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Quantitative: A face-to-face survey carried out from 2 to 12 December 2013. The questionnaire was designed by the members of the CNCDH with the survey organisation.

Sample details and representativeness

Public survey - 1026 adult respondents living in metropolitan France

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