Report on the struggle against Antisemitism and homophobia in France (2016)
The survey, carried out by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH), revealed that the French were more tolerant to minorities compared to previous years.
The annual report counted 335 antisemitic incidents in 2016 compared to 808 the previous year — the sharpest drop on record since 2001. According to the report, the decrease in attacks of Jews “is primarily due to security measures applied by the authorities as part of the Vigipirate plan.” The plan, which involves the deployment of thousands of troops around Jewish institutions and heavily Jewish neighborhoods across the country, was initiated in 2015 following the slaying of four Jews at a kosher store near Paris by an Islamist.
The report questioned the “new antisemitism thesis” proffered by the National Bureau of Vigilance Against antisemitism, a nongovernmental watchdog group run by former policemen, that most antisemitic attacks in France since 2000 have been committed by people with an immigrant background from Muslim countries who target Jews over Israel’s actions.