August 10, 2015
‘Racism rises in France when left-wing parties are in power, but decreases under the right’
To be sure, there are many other factors influencing how the French feel about people of other faiths, skin colors and countries of origin. Education (or lack thereof) is a big one. The study found — no surprise here — that most racists are not highly educated. “Racism is mostly fear, and you’ll likely be less scared of something you have read, learned about or encountered firsthand,” says Christine Lazerges, president of France’s National Consultative Commission on Human Rights.
Oh, and hey…
Traumatic events like the mass shooting last January at political magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris also have an impact, as does the way in which the media portray the flux of immigration…