An NGO reported an attack involving shots being fired at a Roma camp and the breaking into and burglary of homes there.
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Report Data - France - 2010
The Ministry of Justice issued an instruction on strengthening the pedagogical nature of sentencing for hate crime offenders. The instruction invites prosecutors to publicize their decisions in these cases, where possible, and to establish partnerships with national memory sites and other remembrance institutions.
The Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior have jointly created a network of investigators and magistrates sensitized to the specificities of hate crimes, in order to improve the experience of victims or those who report incidents. This experiment has been piloted in Provence and aims to increase the reporting of hate crimes. Lessons learned will inform the training strategy for investigators at the national level.
The Jewish Community Protection Service reported one murder, 56 physical assaults (including at least six causing serious bodily injury), eight cases of arson, 66 cases of damage to property and 168 cases of graffiti on property and places of worship.
The International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) reported two serious physical assaults, one of which resulted in charges of aggravated attempted homicide. LICRA also reported one physical assault and one case of graffiti on a synagogue. All of the incidents reported by LICRA were investigated.
The Stephen Roth Institute reported 134 hate incidents.
Human Rights First reported one physical assault and the desecration of one Muslim cemetery, in which 30 graves were damaged.
The COJEP reported a series of hate incidents against property, one arson attack on a mosque, three cases of damage to property (including the desecration of a cemetery), three cases of graffiti on property and two cases of graffiti on places of worship.
The Collective Against Islamophobia in France reported 152 hate incidents, including 12 physical assaults, four arson attacks on mosques, 11 cases of graffiti on mosques and three cases in which pigs’ heads were left outside mosques.
The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians reported a series of cases of desecration of cemeteries taking place throughout the year.
SOS Homophobie reported 125 physical assaults against LGBT people.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) encouraged France to continue its training for police, prosecutors and judges on criminal-law provisions to combat racism, to improve systematic responses to complainants in racist acts, and to improve recording of racist incidents.
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) expressed concern about the reported increase in racist violence against Roma in France.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) noted reports of increased convictions in France in connection with racist and anti-Semitic crimes as indications of an improved response by the court system.
The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) noted that officials in France have taken a firm stance against “Islamophobia.”
The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) issued a report in 2010 examining the discrimination and violence experienced by Muslim and non-Muslim youths in France. The report found that victims of violence and discrimination often suffered from feelings of social marginalization.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Observatory reported two cases of graffiti on property in reaction to the building of a new mosque, nine cases of graffiti on existing mosques, one arson threat and three cases in which cemeteries were desecrated.
The Directorate General of the National Police developed an online-reporting site (www.internet-signalement.gouv.fr) to report cybercrime, including bias-motivated crimes, and to inform the public about what constitute crimes committed via the Internet.
France reported on an individual case that involved an attempted homicide resulting in serious injury, in which perpetrator admitted that the motive was anti-Semitic. The crime was categorized as “racial, ethnic or religious”.
The Holy See reported one threat, one case of arson, five cases of graffiti on Church property, 13 cases of the desecration of cemeteries and another 11 of the desecration of churches or Church property.