European poll confirms tensions involving Muslims

A new poll finds that most French and Germans believe Muslims have not integrated well into their societies. Many feel they present a threat.

The study by the polling agency IFOP and France’s Le Monde newspaper confirms rising tensions in traditionally Christian Europe with its new Muslim population. More than two-thirds of the roughly 1,600 people polled in France and Germany believe Muslims are not well integrated in their societies. Perhaps more troubling, roughly four out of 10 French and Germans consider Islam a threat.

The poll follows a hardening of attitudes toward Islam, Europe’s second largest religion. France and Belgium have passed laws banning the face-covering veil. Switzerland voted to ban the minarets on mosques. And far-right parties, most of whom have anti-Muslim and immigrant platforms, have made strides in countries like Sweden and the Netherlands.

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