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Wow. This impressive set of stats should put a lot of stories to rest. About, of course, as you say, "France's Muslim problem" and "French/Franco-Muslim antisemitism".

I'm not entirely surprised. What I see of Muslims in France (admittedly, I'm not constantly in touch with them) corresponds to what is said here. I'm perhaps more surprised by how much contrast there is with other countries.

I'll say this: if France were only more faithful to herself -- that is, to secular, republican egalitarianism -- these numbers would be even better. I'm thinking for example of the decision by the right (Pasqua, Sarko's original mentor, was behind it) to take away automatic nationality by birth and replace it by a deliberately expressed choice at 18 (see other thread about immigration), was imo a betrayal of the French model of integration and a stupid thing, because France grows by assimilating waves of immigrants.

France needs more self-confidence.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Aug 25th, 2006 at 01:02:29 PM EST

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