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Half of all respondents to a survey on attitudes toward Jews in France said
French Jews are closer to Israel than to their own republic.
online last month by the polling company OpinionWay among 1,001 adult French
males and females of various ages and political convictions, 46 percent of
respondents in the poll said Jews are “closer to France than Israel” and four
percent said they did not know.
Seventy-seven percent of respondents said
Jews are “a unified group characterized by solidarity” while only 20 percent
said Jews are a “diverse and divided” group.
The assertion that “Jews
exercise an over-sized level of influence” got a 28-percent approval rate. An
identical number of respondents said “too much is being done” to combat
anti-Semitism, compared to 41 percent who said “what is being done is just
right.” Thirty percent said “not enough is being done.”
One in five
respondents said “too much was being done” to preserve the memory of the
Holocaust, while 57 percent said Holocaust preservation efforts are “sufficient
as they are.” Twenty-two percent said “not enough” is being done.
Holocaust was described as “a specific and unique massacre in world history” by
36 percent of respondents whereas 63 percent said it was “a massacre which fits
in a sequence of other terrible events that have happened throughout
The slaying on March 19, 2012 of three Jewish children and a
rabbi in Toulouse by a Muslim extremist was described as “an isolated act which
does not illustrate any general trend” by 59 percent of respondents, whereas 40
percent said it was “a sign of the growth in anti-Semitism in
Twenty-one percent of respondents said Judaism is “sectarian”
compared to 38 percent who said it is “tolerant.” Protestant Christianity
received a 42-percent endorsement as “tolerant” and 15 percent of respondents
called it “sectarian.”
Forty percent of respondents said they are
“sympathetic” toward Catholics as opposed to three percent who indicated they
feel “antipathy.” For Jews the figure was 23 percent sympathetic and seven
percent antipathy, and for Muslims it was 12 percent sympathy and 28 percent
antipathy. Seven percent of respondents said Islam is tolerant and 60 percent
said it is “sectarian.”