Muslims seen as threat in France, Germany

2011-01-04 14:45

Paris - Four in 10 French and German people see Muslims living in their country as a "threat", according to a poll published on Tuesday by French newspaper Le Monde.

Forty-two percent of French people and 40% of Germans questioned by pollster Ifop said they considered the presence of a Muslim community in their country "a threat" to their national identity, Le Monde said.

The findings of the study "go beyond linking immigration with security or immigration with unemployment, to linking Islam with a threat to identity", said Jerome Fourquet of Ifop, quoted by Le Monde.

Of the sample of people questioned for the survey in early December, 68% in France and 75% in Germany said they considered Muslims "not well integrated in society".

Out of these, 61% of French and 67% of Germans blamed this perceived failure on "refusal" by Muslims to integrate.

Eighteen percent of those who said Muslims were not integrated in France and 15% in Germany blamed it on "racism and lack of openness by certain French and German people".

France has the largest Muslim population in Europe, estimated at about six million, originating largely from its former colonies in North Africa. It has passed a law banning the wearing of the face-covering Muslim veil in public.

Germany received vast numbers of migrant workers, most of them from Muslim Turkey, from the 1960s. German federal authorities estimate its current Muslim population at up to 4.3 million.

  • jowza - 2011-01-04 15:44

    @MEBOB.Its payback time for your past colonial exploits.You changed laws in countries you with it

  • ahmed gora ismail - 2011-01-04 15:51

    you ban the veil and then say we dont respect your country.......duh nobody forcing you to be muslim.just give respect if you want to receive respect simple common sense if you have any.those who feel threatened are the racist bigots who cannot fathom other religions and cultures.

      frank.colnick - 2011-01-04 16:28

      so, when last did you see a woman driving a car in saudi dressed in jeans and a blouse?

      stoutgat.webmaster - 2011-01-04 16:41

      And exactly how many Christian churches are there in Saudi Arabia? And what is the penalty for a citizen of that "advanced" and "enlightened" country who commits apostasy by renouncing Islam? Camel jockeys.

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-04 20:04

      Not to mention the various attacks on Christian churches in various Muslim countries over the festive season. And if you really believe the fact that those crimes against humanity were not perpetrated by muslims, then i seriously recommend you stop wearing those rose coloured glasses.

  • Jf - 2011-01-04 16:33

    "you ban the veil and then say we dont respect your country.......duh "...Of course, we have to accept the hidjab, then the niqab, then what? Burqa??? We have to accept that in some areas, some fast food became hallal, meaning that if you want your 'big bacon' you're doomed! it's always the same who have to accept and be tolerant and respectful! In Paris, in a very old area of the city, some wanted to organize a 'urban apéro' which is drinking red wine and having sausage, but it was forbidden because some muslim live there and they would see it as a provocation! So, living as a frenchman in France is a provocation to some muslim...interesting, isn't it? Not mentioning the names that Non-muslims are called by muslim youth, girls and women are whores and sluts, and men are pigs and bastards and dogs, that's how much respect we receive!

  • Eddie - 2011-01-04 18:21

    what the ottoman empire could not do by conquest, the new influx of muslims to europe will do by stealth. as for TRUE Red. what you fail to understand is that the so called french muslims are in fact algerians who used the system after france withdrew from its' former colony to move to france.

  • khan4ever - 2011-01-04 18:59

    so when the French/British were filling into Algeria/Morocco and living lives considered inapporiate TO Islamic values why is it not considered in the same light as what u biggots spew out now?? When the Europeans when still living in caves eating one another CIVILIZATION was at already advanced in the Middle east.So,before you bemoan the fact that they are streaming into Europe abusing the benefit systems,after the civilized europeans came butchering,raping stealing from the lands they colonized................need i say more

      lmduplessis - 2011-01-04 20:07

      And yet we've advanced past this so called "civilization" for a few decades now. Or do you concider stoning a woman for not being chained to her husband/family (figuratively speaking) civilised in this day and age?

  • TruthSeeka - 2011-01-04 19:18

    Once again the Bigots editors in News24 stirs. Bring it on!

  • jkolak - 2011-01-04 21:36

    Well, they haven't seen anything yet. How many are aware of the intent to overthrow the government to institute a Sharia nation?

      TruthSeeka - 2011-01-05 06:21 God this is a joke..its like bigot central here....overthrow government?..shariah "nation"...stop this is too much man. You are watching too much CNN and Al Jazeerah..give the tube a break man. I challenge you to actually go and meet some muslims and put your racist ideas on the back burner before you engage one.

  • Sickly - 2011-01-05 08:41

    Wow the level of racism in the comments here is astounding and disgusting! Hate breeds hate, I thought South Africans had a fairly decent level of tolerance for different religions but clearly we're so hung up on the black white racism that religious intolerance hasn't had it's day in the sun yet. Very sad.

  • Irené - 2011-01-05 10:54

    Just comes to show people are inherintly racist, its not just SA who has tensions about race and culture, the 'civilised' europeans are equally prejudiced, only they do not admit to being racist. The world thrives off the fact that people can travel and settle as they wish, much like the colonists who took over India, China, Africa, America, how is this different that muslims want to stay in Europe. Fact is us humans arnt as smart, civilised, enlightened or righteous as we wouldlike to think. To all you bigoted racists out there- thanks for proving my point that humans are an inferior species of mammal, we are cave men with over developed egos, thats all we arre... deal with it. Im so sick and tired of all this selfrigteous, my culture is better than your culture bull.

      Wonderboy - 2011-01-05 14:39

      So where do you come from? I guess you are just the most perfect person I have come across or maybe the most lucky person who has never had a run in with someone else. People are just concerned that their culture is being taken over by others who are actually intolerant. If we were ALL tolerant it would have been so easy. Wake up to the fact that sometimes one has to stand up and be counted.

      Irené - 2011-01-05 15:43

      Yeah I like to think of myself is a near perfect human creature, mostly because I have managed to develop my rational brain, and not my ego. Well i guess it is my ego writing this comment, so no I dont think i am perfect my point was in this big bad world where things move very fast, we need to accept that history is merely repeating itself, so just like the enlglish the british, the french, the belgians, the germans who wanted to conquer and annex every corner of this earth, the muslims are traveling and taking their beliefs and religion along with them. Its called human behaviorism, our actions are predictable and self centred, so all i wanted to say to those self pitying germans and french is deal with it. People in europe want it to stay exactly as it was 10yrs and 100yrs ago, keep the traditions, the special foods. Take the french-any selfrespecting human wont eat fois gras its sick torture, yet the french insist that its part of their culture, they refuse to change, so why should other nationalities act differently?its human mentality, either you rise above it and see it for what it is, or you become part of the stupid masses who only act on instinctive urges and spew hatred. Your choice

  • nick - 2011-01-05 22:08

    good evening all, pls find enclosed the latest "scorings" for muslims,,, ""Islam's Latest Contributions to Peace "He who fights that Islam should be superior fights in Allah's cause" Muhammad, prophet of Islam!

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