(January 22, 2020 / JNS) The general population in France, including Jews and non-Jews alike, agree on the enormity of the anti-Semitism crisis in the country, according to a new survey by American Jewish Committee Paris published on Monday.
A total of 505 French Jews and 1,027 French people were polled between Oct. 14 and Nov. 19, 2019.
Nearly three-quarters of those surveyed—73 percent of the French public and 72 percent of Jews—consider anti-Semitism a problem that affects all of France. Forty-seven percent of the general public and 67 percent of the Jewish respondents say the level of anti-Semitism in France is high.
“Anti-Semitism has become a concern for French society as a whole,” said Anne-Sophie Sebban-Bécache, director of AJC Paris. “It is not considered anymore as only the concern of Jews. We are not as alone as we could have felt in the past to fight this scourge.”
“This has to stop,” she added. “The fight against anti-Semitism must be a national priority which has the adequate means to cover all of France.”
The survey found that 70 percent of French Jews say they have been victims of at least one anti-Semitic incident in their lifetime; 64 percent have suffered anti-Semitic verbal abuse at least once; 23 percent have been targets of physical violence at least on one occasion; and 10 percent said they have been attacked several times.
The lack of confidence in French leadership tackling anti-Semitism was also agreed upon by those surveyed.
Only 47 percent of Jews and 48 percent of the general public are confident in President Emmanuel Macron combating anti-Semitism; 46 percent of Jews and 41 percent of the public in the French government; and 58 percent of Jews and 56 percent of the public in local elected officials.
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