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'Too many foreigners in France', French say

Ben McPartland · 25 Jan 2013, 19:35

Published: 25 Jan 2013 12:33 GMT+01:00
Updated: 25 Jan 2013 19:35 GMT+01:00

The survey, which was carried out by polling institute Ipsos and the Jean-Jaures Foundation, was published in left-leaning French newspaper Le Monde.

As well as having a distrust of Islam and a belief there are too many foreigners in the country, the poll also highlighted French misgivings on everything from globalization to Europe, the media and democracy.

But many of the more interesting results of the survey surround the controversial issues of immigration, religion and racism, which are frequently at the centre of political and public debate.

Some of the stand-out stats include:

·         According to the survey, only 29 percent of French people believe the “vast majority of immigrants who have settled in France are well-integrated".

·         46 percent believe unemployment levels can only be cut by reducing immigration.

·         57 percent believe anti-white racism is quite common in France

·         77 percent believe religious fundamentalism in France is a concern.

·         62 percent  say they no longer feel at home in France.

Studying the results of the survey for Le Monde, French historian Michel Wincock concluded that “the ingredients for populism are there and not just in the ranks of Marine Le Pen’s Front National party”.

There was also worrying news for President François Hollande, with 87 percent of respondents agreeing with the notion that “France needs a true leader to restore order”.

French pessimism

The survey suggests many people in France lament the decline of their country and hold a bleak outlook for the future.

The vast majority of respondents (90 percent) said French economic power had declined and 63 percent noted a loss of France’s cultural influence.

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It appears France’s high unemployment and ailing industry has not gone unnoticed among the population, with just over half of respondents (51 percent) believing “the decline of France is inevitable”.

“The French, or at least the vast majority of them, seem to be afraid of everything,” historian Wincock told Le Monde.

There also appears to be a deep mistrust of France’s elected officials with 62 percent believing politicians are “corrupt”.

The survey also revealed that the media is not held in high regard in France, with 73 percent of the belief it is not independent and a similar figure (72 percent) of the view that journalists are “not doing their job”.

The poll was taken from an internet survey of around 1,000 people.

Ben McPartland (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

Your comments about this article

2013-01-25 13:18:55 by primiroma
A cause de la pression permanente du Front National, lorsque l'on dit étrangers, on pense maghrébins. Si le question avait été posée différemment les européens ne se sentiraient pas vises.
2013-01-27 13:12:10 by Dave N
So why on earth do these people not vote for Marine? Is there something wrong with the majority of the French, the British, the Germans, Swedes etc etc that they can see very well what is happening (and don't like what is happening) but continue to vote for the politicians who let it happen?
2013-01-28 01:49:35 by Lizinla
I don't understand this either. So many citizens are upset at unmitigated immigration, yet it keeps happening. Civilized countries are being overrun and there doesn't seem to be anyone stopping it.
2013-01-31 12:39:16 by Victor Kruger
The fact is that most people are too busy just getting on with their lives to be upset about it, or are not really that bothered. A survey of 1000 people hardly reflects the views of a nation. And much like "review" sites on the internet, most people who fill in surveys are angry about something.

Immigration is an easy target to blame for everything. Like everything else in life, there is no easy black or white answer, just grey. Some immigration is bad, some is good.
2013-02-14 00:19:01 by Sheila Haouchine
Absolutely! Massive immigration is evil. Massive immigration destroys a country's culture and language. Massive immigration engulfs the other evil - segregation. There are some menaces in the European Union and the United States who are determined to transform Europe into another United States. A thousand year-old technique: Divide and Conquer. That Sarkozy person was a disaster for France. The wise French Citizens only voted for him because they were desperate. France, please... stop allowing immigrants into your beautiful country that France once ruled. The European Union should help those to help themselves. Learn from China.
2013-05-24 11:39:19 by paulT
It's way funny that with out this Muslim immigration to France.. you would have no:
Zine El Din Zidane ,,, Karim Ben Zema .,,, Hatem Ben Arafa ,,, Mohammed Diarra ,,, Nasri ,,, Abidal ,,, Abou Diaby ...etc!

This Muslim immigration gave you the world's best soccer player ((((( ZIDANE ))))
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