1 in 6 in France Support ISIS

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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France does host one of the largest Muslim populations in Europe so the results are not especially surprising. Also France draws more Middle Eastern and North African Muslims than the UK does. If you asked about support for the Taliban, you might get better numbers in the UK.

One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.

The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.

Again not surprising, as Muslims and other Third World immigrants represent a larger share of the under 30 population.

Newsweek’s France Correspondent, Anne-Elizabeth Moutet, was unsurprised by the news. “This is the ideology of young French Muslims from immigrant backgrounds,” she said, “unemployed to the tune of 40%, who’ve been deluged by satellite TV and internet propaganda.” She pointed to a correlation between support for ISIS and rising anti-Semitism in France, adding that “these are the same people who torch synagogues”.

France is home to an estimated 5 million Muslims, largely of North African descent, who arrived from the 1950s onwards in the wake of France’s decolonisation and the 1970s ‘regroupement familiale’ policy, which welcomed the families of migrant workers from ex-colonies.

Some have questioned the survey results because Muslims don’t make up even 1 in 6 people in France. It’s possible that the poll oversampled Muslims. The lack of demographic data from the pollster makes it hard to tell.

There have been suggestions that these numbers represent approval from the domestic European far right and far left. That’s possible, but they more likely represent general support from Third Worlders in France.

The true number of Muslims in France is under debate. France isn’t supposed to legally count ethnicity or race. So when your estimates are 5 to 10 percent of the population, there’s obviously a lot of room for error.

Considering how many Muslim settlers have had children on French soil, counting immigrants alone is not enough.

And there are a whole lot of Third Worlders who aren’t Muslim, but who are anti-France and would instinctively and stupidly identify with ISIS even though it would kill them.

  • Pete

    Don’t tell Americana. She believes that Rigby’s ki!!ers in Britain were abnormal Muslims.

    “The murder of Corporal Rigby was an extreme indication of just how distorted the British Muslim’s experience is. To have those two U.K. men of foreign Muslim heritage kill Corporal Rigby in such a brutal fashion and then stand around LECTURING onlookers and passerby about “Allah this” and “jihad that” was bizarre. ” – Americana 6 hours ago 13:10 PM Eastern time 8/26/2014

    • Texas Patriot

      Pete: Don’t tell Americana. She believes that Rigby’s ki!!ers in Britain were abnormal Muslims.

      “The murder of Corporal Rigby was an extreme indication of just how distorted the British Muslim’s experience is. To have those two U.K. men of foreign Muslim heritage kill Corporal Rigby in such a brutal fashion and then stand around LECTURING onlookers and passerby about “Allah this” and “jihad that” was bizarre. ” – Americana 6 hours ago 13:10 PM Eastern time 8/26/2014

      Let’s be fair. Americana didn’t really say that Rigby’s killers were “abnormal Muslims”. She said it was bizarre to hear them lecturing passersby about the justification for their crimes. Remember, for many years now, the highest government officials of the United States and Great Britain have been assuring the public that Islam is a religion of peace and that terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. I myself believed that until I heard that Muslims wanted to build a Mosque at the site of the 9/11 attack and call it the Cordoba Mosque, which also happens to be the name of the first major Muslim conquest in Spain. The bottom line is that most of us in the West still have no idea of the gravity of the threat we face.

      • Pete

        She did say the lecturing was bizarre in her opinion.

        “The murder of Corporal Rigby was an extreme indication of just how distorted the British Muslim’s experience is”

        The apostrophe on the word Muslim or Muslim makes a world of difference. Either way it is not good. Michael Adebolajo’s experience as a Muslim is not atypical. There is a lot of hate preached in the Muslims community towards others. Nothing is done about the hate by the government. Britain is a government that has hate laws which are vigorously enforced against white people but not against Muslims.

        An azzhole politician like Cameron will acknowledge Anjem Choudary engages in hate speech and encourage jihad and then will do nothing saying his hands are tied. Azzhole politicians see to it that Anjem Choudary get a welfare allowance larger than soldiers like the late Rigby get to live on. Azzhole politicians ensure that Anjem Choudary are not deported. they say that they cannot.

        So all in all Michael Adebolajo’s British Muslim’ experience is not distorted. It is typical.

        What is the difference between Americana and Azzhole Camneroon? None! they both make excuses in one form or another for the aggressing party.

        distorted the British Muslim’s experience

        • Texas Patriot

          I have no respect for David Cameron, but I think there is hope for Americana.

          • Pete

            We’ll see.

          • truebearing

            How are they different?

          • Texas Patriot

            Americana once commented favorably on one of Drakken’s ideas in a way David Cameron never would. That’s something.

          • Pete

            An outlier? A one-off?

          • Texas Patriot

            Hard to say. Basically I think she is like a naive substitute teacher who wants everyone to play nice but has no idea how dangerous her students are or how long they have been fighting one another. Basically she’s an idealist desperately hanging on to her multicultural fantasies in an increasingly tribal and sectarian world.

          • Pete

            Maybe. She is a Brit married to a zoomie. She has lived in Massachusetts but has since decamped to the great southwest. I wonder if she like the taxes in Taxachusetts or if she like her home town when or if she visits the Isle?

          • Texas Patriot

            I’d never heard the term zoomie. But I looked it up, and apparently it has several meanings. Since you’re probably not referring to a robot dog, I’m guessing you’re saying she’s married to a USAF pilot?

  • edlancey

    Every french town is full of these slovenly no-marks, normally lounging around the cafes near the train station during the day.

    France is f*ked and has been for years.

    • Una Salus

      totally concur, take a trip on the Paris metro and wish you hadn’t.

  • Sammy U

    1970′s communists in the French Govt did this to their own country. They should be executed now for treason.

  • Katie Stevens

    Anders Behring Bereik was right.

    • UCSPanther

      Please don’t mention that murderer.

      • Katie Stevens

        He was right though about the Muslim problem in Europe and the socialists that defend them.

  • bob smith

    how do you say, c’est la vie?

    Bye bye France, can’t say it was nice knowing you. oh, and by the way, you deserve the muslim state you have chosen to become.

    You have politically corrected yourself into self annihilation.

    La vie est drôle.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Vichy 2.0 arriving soon.

    • *Sharpshooter

      Already there…for sixty years.

  • David

    I’ve heard that number of 6 million Muslims in France for over a decade now. If that’s accurate then it would seem to indicate that the Muslim minority in France hasn’t significantly grown in ten years. We really need better numbers in order to make accurate predictions.

  • William

    ISIS is a group so extreme that even alqaeda thinks they are nuts.

    1 in 6 French people??

    Yeah riiiiiiiiiight. What a load.

    • http://sultanknish.blogspot.com Daniel Greenfield

      Don’t believe everything the media tells you

      • William

        Well that’s the official propaganda, for what it’s worth. Personally I think the Obama people are just trying to scare the pants off everyone again so we’ll support his wars.

        • truebearing

          What do you propose be done about ISIS?

          • William

            Not my problem, let those people deal with it.
            USA out of Iraq now.

          • Pete

            Were you even in Iraq?

          • Pete

            William proposes sitting cross legged in a circle holding hand with ISIS soldiers and singing Kumbayah my Lord except William is a daring radical and he is not going to say Lord. He’s a real rebel like that.

        • Pete

          Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya is doing propaganda for the French government?

          Obama has influence with Rossiya Segodnya and the French government. The U.s. just sanctioned the French bank Paribas. the French are pizzed. They are going to carry water for Obama?

          Pray tell!

    • Pete

      “1 in 6 people in France. It’s possible that the poll oversampled Muslims. The lack of demographic data from the pollster makes it hard to tell.” – DG

      1 in 14 of the people in France are Muslim. that is 1/2 of 1 in 7. Consider that older people in old folks home may not be sampled so the poll might not be as far as we think. 1 in 7 or 1 in 6 would not be out of line 10 or 20 years from now.

      You are just stuck with your foot in the rails staring at an oncoming freight train trying to act brave. Good luck with that.

  • http://sultanknish.blogspot.com Daniel Greenfield

    It’s a poll for a Russian news agency, not by it.