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Published on 5 March 2016

Poll: 59% of French people think Jews responsible for anti-Semitism

More than one in 10 also said they thought there were too many Jewish people in France.

By Elsa Vulliamy, published in the Independant, February 3, 2016
A total of 59 per cent of French people think members of the Jewish community are at least partially responsible for anti-Semitism, a survey conducted by the Fondation de Judaisme Français and Ipsos has suggested. 
The foundation surveyed 1,005 people who “constituted a sample representative of the French population” online over nine days. 
Respondents were asked whether they thought Jews held part of the responsibility for anti-Semitism in France. 
Of the 59 per cent that answered yes, three per cent thought they had ‘a very important part’ and 14 per cent said they had a ‘significant’ part. 
Over half of respondents said Jewish people had a lot of power and were richer than the average French person. 
A total of 13 per cent of respondents thought there were too many Jewish people in France, despite the Jewish community only making up one per cent of the population. 
Reported anti-Semitic crimes in France have more than doubled between 2014 and 2015 according to a report by Human Rights First, who stated that the crimes were becoming “increasingly violent”.
Approximately 8,000 French Jews migrated to Israel last year, making France the highest source of immigrants to Israel, and many more have migrated to the UK and Canada. 
Board of Deputies of British Jews Senior Vice President Richard Verber said: "it is troubling to consider that more than one in 10 French people believe there are 'too many Jews' in the country... Read more.

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