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Chirac Praises French Citizens in their Struggle against Anti-Semitism

The president of France Jacque Chirac has thanked the government of the country for efforts in the field of struggle against anti-Semitism and has called and further to not lose vigilance concerning religious and race conflicts.

This statement has been made at ceremony rewarding the head, Antidif Famatsionnoy, of a chapter in the league of Ordenom Pchetnogo. We shall remember that this American organization has proclaimed its� purpose as the struggle against racism and anti-Semitism.

"Today, the poison of hatred of all aliens has spread in our country, and to its� limits. We should tirelessly battle this monster who is capable of being revived from the ashes", - quotes agency of the words of the French president.

Chirac also noted that France has responded to the increase in anti-Semitism with the acceptance of severe laws, but has warned to not reduce vigilance.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in 2005 the amount of crimes related to anti-Semitism decreased in France 48 % as compared to 2004.

At the same time, according to the governmental report published on March, 21, about 30 % of French citizens consider themselves partly racist. This figure suggests that racism is becoming a socially acceptable phenomenon in France. A similar report carried out a year ago by the National advisory commission of civil rights found that 25 % of citizens had racist views.

France was strongly affected by the recent disorder in Muslim suburbs and clashes between police and immigrants. The government of France was upset also by the growth of anti-Semitism which, in January of this year, led to the brutal murder of Ilana Halimi.

Source: News.ru

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