Ministery of the Interior (Ministere de l'interieur)(2020) Racist, xenophobic or anti-religious offences in 2019 (Les atteintes à caractère raciste, xénophobe ou antireligieux en 2019) - Interstats Analyse N°26
Ministery of the Interior (Ministere de l'interieur)(2020) Racist, xenophobic or anti-religious offences in 2019 (Les atteintes à caractère raciste, xénophobe ou antireligieux en 2019) - Interstats Analyse N°26View full Research
Type of publication
Area/location of interest
Not applicable - national level
Type of Institution
France- Ministry of the Interior (Ministère de l’Intérieur)
Main Thematic Focus
Religious freedom Islamophobia Racism & xenophobia Discrimination
Ethnic minorities Muslims Migrants
In 2019, the national police and gendarmerie services recorded 5,730 crimes and offences (crimes et délits) and 5,100 contraventions, all committed on the basis of ethnicity, nation, supposed race or religion ('of a racist nature'), throughout France. More than 70% of 'racist' crimes are public insults, provocation or defamation. Compared to 2018, the number of 'racist' crimes recorded by the police in 2019 is generally higher (+11%), and the number of contraventions has increased significantly (+26%). There are significant disparities across mainland France: the number of victims of 'racist' crimes (crimes et délits) recorded by the police in relation to the number of inhabitants is higher in the Ile-de-France region, where all Departments have a recorded crime rate that was equal to or higher than the national average in 2019.
In 2019, 2,150 people were charged by the police with 'racially motivated' crimes or offences. While men, middle-aged people (25-54) and foreign nationals from African countries are over-represented among victims associated with 'racially motivated' crimes recorded by the police, those charged with the same crimes and offences are much closer in their characteristics to the general population than all persons charged with a crime as a whole.
Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)
Analysis of complaints
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