French consider Jews ‘tolerant,’ distrust Islam

The Times of Israel 1 February 2013
By Rebecca Benhamou

PARIS — A survey in one of France’s largest newspapers has found that the country holds largely positive views of Jews and a generally negative opinion of Islam. The study, published Jan. 24 in the left-leaning Le Monde, reported that a decisive majority of French citizens consider Judaism and Christianity "tolerant,” while an even larger number consider Islam "intolerant.”

According to the survey, carried out by the Ipsos polling institute, 72 percent of the French consider Catholicism either "completely” or "fairly” accepting of other groups, with 66 percent sharing similar attitudes toward Jews. Seventy-four percent see Islam as intolerant. (continue reading...)