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Only 8% of French people think that secularism has progressed in school since the assassination of Samuel Paty


EXCLUSIVE SURVEY - According to an Odoxa - Backbone Consulting study for Le Figaro and Franceinfo, 85% of French people think that the terrorist risk is high today in our country.

On October 21, 2020, during the national tribute to Samuel Paty in the courtyard of the Sorbonne, Emmanuel Macron launched:

“Samuel Paty has become the face of the Republic, of our desire to break terrorists, to reduce Islamists, to live as a community of free citizens in our country, the face of our determination to understand, to learn, to continue teaching, to be free, because we will continue, professor ”


Promising to



secularism high"

, the Head of State awarded the Legion of Honor posthumously to the teacher stabbed and beheaded by a radicalized young Chechen.

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A year later, as the commemoration of the first anniversary of this assassination approaches, an Odoxa -Backbone Consulting poll for

Le Figaro *

shows, however, that an immense majority of French people believe that secularism and security have not progressed at school. .

15% of them feel that communitarianism has regressed, 8% think that secularism has improved, while only 6% have the same opinion about the safety of teachers.

What to contradict in part a sentence that the Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer nevertheless likes to repeat:

"There is a before and an after Samuel Paty"


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Another lesson from this study: 75% of those questioned are of the opinion that

“we are less free than before to criticize religions, in particular the Muslim (79%) and Jewish (72%) religions”

. Worried about the current situation - 85% of French people think that the terrorist risk is high in our country today - respondents are not more optimistic about the future. 58% of them think that the so-called “separatism” law will not be effective in the fight against radical Islam.

"Confidence [in this law] has collapsed by 30 points in one year"

, since the latter amounted to 71% in a survey carried out in September 2020, notes Céline Bracq, CEO of Odoxa.

* Survey conducted online on October 13 and 14, 2021 among 1,005 French people representative of the French population aged 18 and over.

Among all French people, the margin of error is established, depending on the target score, at plus or minus 1.4 and 3.1 points.

Source: lefigaro

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