Government of France Reports New Statistics of 1,659 Anti-Religious Acts in 2021

France Reports New Statistics an Analysis of Attacks on people because of their religion are increasing.  They reflect a rise in hatred, according to the first findings of deputies commissioned by the Prime Minister.

The year 2021 was marked by 1,659 anti-religious acts: 857 concerning Christianity, 589 Judaism and 213 Islam. These figures, presented on Thursday February 10 by the ministerial mission on anti-religious acts, consolidate the provisional assessment presented in December by the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin.

Nearly 1,400 anti-religious acts have been recorded in France since January 2021, a drop of 17.2% compared to the same period in 2019, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on CNews on Tuesday December 14. 1,380 facts were recorded between January and October, according to the ministry.

In detail, 686 anti-Christian acts took place in 2021, compared to 921 in 2019, a decrease of 25%. Regarding anti-Semitic acts, the Ministry of the Interior recorded a 15% decrease, 523 in 2021, compared to 617 in 2019. In addition, there was a 32% increase in anti-Muslim acts in 2021, 171 in 2021, compared to 129 in 2019.

Recently, about thirty Catholic faithful, who gathered during a torchlight procession between two churches in Nanterre, were attacked, insulted and threatened by several people. “I was extremely shocked by the facts that were reported to me. Of course, we encouraged the diocese of Hauts-de-Seine to file a complaint, “said Gérald Darmanin on Tuesday on CNews, specifying that these were” completely unacceptable death threats “.

This weekend, “unfortunately, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim acts took place, including a Muslim cemetery which was desecrated,” he continued. On Saturday, the Muslim square in the Mulhouse cemetery was vandalized.

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