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3 February 2017

Fewer racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts in 2016

The report on racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts recorded in 2016, which has just been presented, shows that such acts and threats were down by 44.7% in 2016 compared with 2015.
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On Wednesday 1 February, Bruno Le Roux presented the report on racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts committed over 2016: racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts and threats recorded an overall 44.7% decrease in 2016 compared with 2015, with a total of 1,125 acts and threats as against 2,032 in 2015.
This very considerable decrease bears witness to the effectiveness of measures for protection of places of worship introduced in January 2015. It also testifies to the successful mobilisation of the Republic’s institutions, its schools in particular, after the attacks of 2015 and 2016.
Anti-Semitic acts and threats were down by 58.5% in 2016: the lowest level recorded for 15 years.
There was also a significant decrease in anti-Muslim acts compared with 2015: down by 57.6%, one of the lowest levels since records of numbers of anti-Muslim attacks and threats were first kept (2010).
Minister Bruno Le Roux
"This major decrease proves that French society is holding up well. We saw the nation’s resilience in the face of the terrorist acts of 2015 and 2016. It is France’s duty to show that it does not meet violence with violence or crime with hatred. It is also proof that the authorities have succeeded in taking full account of this new threat and anticipating the risks involved. Clear instructions have been handed down to ensure that all acts, aggressions and attacks on property are brought to the attention of the Republic’s prosecutors. In the face of racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Muslim and anti-Christian acts, we must never drop our guard, very much to the contrary.”
Bruno Le Roux
1 February 2017