French Poll: 61 Percent Say Islam Is Incompatible With Their Society


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A strong majority of French adults say Islam is incompatible with their society.

A new Ipsos poll finds that 61 percent of adults say Islam is incompatible with French society, compared to just 17 percent who say the same about Judaism and 6 percent who believe Catholicism is incompatible with French society.

The number of those who believe Islam is incompatible is trending upwards and has jumped 8 points since peaking in January 2015, when 47 percent of Frenchmen said Islam is compatible with French society.

Islamic dress codes are especially unpopular in France. (RELATED: After Importing Thousands Of Refugees, Canadians Now Say Muslims Have ‘Fundamentally Different Values’)

The poll found that 77 percent of Frenchmen want the burkini banned in public, and 79 percent want headscarves banned on university campuses.

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has tried to capitalize on rising anti-Islam sentiments among the French people, calling the upcoming election a “choice of civilization.” (RELATED: Marine Le Pen Refuses To Wear Hijab, Cancels Meeting With Key Arab Leader)

Le Pen has waged a public campaign against what she calls the “two totalitarianisms” of globalization and Islamic fundamentalism.