The Connexion newspaper reports that racism is on the rise in France, on the heels of the country enacting the world’s first burqa ban yesterday. So far several women have been arrested for wearing the full facial covering in public.
“While the number of physical attacks on people based on race has dropped, the report concludes that “tolerance is receding and xenophobia is spreading”.
In 2010, 886 racist incidents were reported, 165 which were violent, down 13.6% compared with 2009, according to figures from the Interior Ministry.
People of north African origin were the principle target, accounting for roughly a third of both violent and non-violent incidents.”
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