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Racism towards Turkish families still exists in France

February 7, 2011

Last week, two houses inhabited by families of Turkish origin were attacked in Hoenheim, a suburb of Strasbourg. There were no casualties; however swastikas were drawn on walls. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, at a joint news conference with his visiting Dutch counterpart Uri Rosenthal, voiced serious concerns about rising racism in Europe and called on European politicians to discuss immigration and integration issues together.

France has long been a land of immigration and one can identify nowadays that one French person in four has a foreign-born parent or grandparent. So, it’s not surprising that over the course of the past year, Muslim and Jewish cemeteries and places of worship in France were targets of racist attacks. A report published last year by the European Commission against Racism and Tolerance (ECRI) illustrates very well this issue. This report which examines racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance in Europe reported an increasing racist violence in France. Also, according to this report, the large Muslim community in France is especially the subject of intolerant and discriminatory attacks, noting also acts of anti-semitism.

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