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Over 740 Islamophobic attacks on Muslims in France in 2014
Tuesday February 17, 2015 7:36 PM, IINA

At least 746 Islamophobic attacks on Muslim community in France were reported in 2014.

The acts of hostility against Muslims were mainly recorded in the governmental and non-governmental institutions, according to a report published by the French Collective Against Islamophobia.

The report stated that 81% of the victims of Islamophobia were women, as the number of physical assaults on them amounted to 22 in 2014, equal to nearly two attacks monthly.

The report suggested that the assaults against Muslims in France had increased in the aftermath of the January 7 attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, where the Collective Against Islamophebia recorded 153 acts of hostility towards Muslims, representing an increase of 70 percent compared to the previous year.

The report noted that there was a big gap between the official rhetoric that meant to reassure the Muslim community in the country and the real situation on the ground.

It also stressed that the misconceptions about Islam and the offensive stereotypes of Muslims have led to the increase of acts of hostility, intimidation, and discrimination against the Muslim community.

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