Some 128 “anti-Muslim acts” have been registered with police in France, not counting Paris and its close suburbs, since Islamist gunmen murdered 17 people in their 7-9 January killing spree, according to statistics gathered by the National Islamophobia
Observatory, which is part of one of France’s two large Muslim groupings, the CFCM.
That breaks down as 33 attacks, mainly against mosques, and 95 threats or insults.
The total compares with 133 in the whole of 2014, which saw a 41 per cent fall from the 226 recorded in 2013.
The figures are an underestimate, according to the observatory, because many Muslims consider it pointless to file complaints with the police.
“Islamophobic acts have reached a never-before-recorded summit of hatred against French people of the Muslim religion,” commented the watchdog’s president Abdallah Zekri. “This is the first time that grenades being thrown or gunshots have been registered.”
The organisation complains that, apart from condemnation by government representatives, France’s “political class has not criticised these vile acts or given reassurance to citizens who are Muslims, of course, but also part of the national community”.