Almost Two-Thirds of French People Say Islam 'Incompatible' with Society, Poll Shows
The survey's result shows an eight percent increase compared to a previous study
Sixty-one percent of French people believe that Islam is “incompatible with the values of French society," according to a new Ifop survey.
The survey's result shows an eight percent increase compared to a previous study from February of last year, revealing concerns of the growing impact of the religion against France’s traditional secularist stance, Le Journal du Dimanche reports.
But there is a deep divide between left and right on the subject of Islam in the country.
Fifty-four percent of the supporters of far-left France Insoumise (Unbowed France) party say Muslim worship has a place in France.
Meanwhile, 85 percent of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally supporters argued that religion had no place.
Deputy director-general of Ifop, Frédéric Dabi, said that “the definition of secularism seems to be changing."
Dabi noted an increase in support of separation of religion and politics compared to the 2005 poll in which equality of religion was the main topic that concerned the French the most.
Now, most of the concerns are focused on the influence of Islamisation, with those surveyed supporting banning religious symbols in many aspects of public life.
Seventy-five percent agreed on banning religious symbols for users of public services, while 72 percent backed a ban for employees of private companies.
But a total of percent of French people said they would support alternative meals to pork for school meals.
Meanwhile, Le Pen supporters revealed a drop to 44 percent.
Last month, data compiled in a survey from another IPSOS revealed 60 percent of French citizens said they viewed the rising numbers of migrants in France as a "threat" to society.
Sixty percent of the French population disagreed with President Emmanuel Macron's government's open border policies on mass immigration.
According to i24News, at least 46% of foreign-born Muslims in France want to adopt Sharia law into the country's legal system, reveals a poll conducted by IFOP (French Institute for Public Opinions) for Le Point magazine.
The survey also indicates that among French-born Muslims, 18% believe that sharia should prevail.
That percentage rises to 46% among French Muslims coming from abroad, the study discovered.
"This claim of a supremacy of Sharia is therefore first carried by newcomers who come from countries where the imprint of Islam is very strong," director of opinion and corporate strategies at IFOP Jerome Fourquet told Le Point.