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Report Data - France - 2017

Official Data

Year Hate crimes recorded by police Prosecuted Sentenced About these data
2018 1838 - -
2017 1505 Not available Not available
2016 1835 Not available 583
2015 1790 Not available Not available
2014 1662 Not available 554

Hate crimes recorded by police

National developments

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.

ODIHR Recommendations 

ODIHR observes that France has not reported to ODIHR the numbers of prosecuted hate crime cases.

National Developments 
Description Type 
Developments
Organization Report 

France amended the Criminal Code to simplify its hate crime provisions. Most specific penalty enhancements were removed and the general penalty enhancing provisions strengthened.

The Ministry of Justice participated in the development of the new National Plan to Combat Racism and Anti-Semitism for 2018-2020, which defines four priorities: 1. Fight against hatred on the internet, 2. Educate against prejudices, 3. Protect citizens and support victims, and 4. Invest in new mobilisation fields.

Bias Motivation 
Organization Report 

The data provided for racism and xenophobia also relate to actual or perceived membership of a religion.

Bias Motivation 
Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

Incidents in this category have also been reported under the category "Racism and Xenophobia" and may thus be listed here twice.

Bias Motivation 
Organization Report 

Incidents in this category have also been reported under the category "Racism and Xenophobia" and may thus be listed here twice.

Description Type 
Reports
Organization Report 

The data collected by the police relate to discriminatory grounds related to sex, sexual orientation and gender identity.