According to a CRIF survey, 72% of French people consider the rise in antisemitic acts to be a “serious threat” to society as a whole

More than eight months after the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7, 2023, and while hostages are still held captive in the Gaza Strip, Crif presented the results of a survey carried out by Ifop on “the view of the French on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its consequences on France”.

Three surveys have already been carried out by Ifop for Crif since October 2023. Between rounds 3 and 4 of this survey, the French people were called to the polls for the European elections, the National Assembly was dissolved by the President of the Republic and legislative elections are scheduled for June 30 and July 7.

“We could have expected a collapse in support to Israel and the Israelis, particularly because of the campaign of hatred and denigration led by La France insoumise [during the European elections]. But the French people are putting things into perspective and have taken a very strong critical distance,” stressed Crif President Yonathan Arfi in a recent interview.

According to the survey:

72% of the French people surveyed feel a little or a lot of sympathy for the Israelis. This is an increase of 2 points compared to wave 3 of the survey conducted in April.

56% of the French people surveyed consider that Israel’s goal to eliminate Hamas is justified. The French therefore continue to mainly consider Israel’s goal to eliminate Hamas as justified (figures identical compared to the survey from April 2024).

As in the last survey conducted in April 2024, 65% of the French believe that a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas should first be conditioned on the release of hostages.

The proportion of people in favor of banning pro-Palestinian demonstrations has been steadily increasing since the first wave of this survey in October 2023. 75% of the French people surveyed are not in favor of continuing pro-Palestinian demonstrations in France because anti-republican or even antisemitic remarks have been made at some of these gatherings.

In the face of the increase in antisemitic acts in France since October 7, the date of the Hamas terrorist attack in Israel, 72% of the French people surveyed consider that antisemitic acts are a serious threat not only to French Jews but also to society as a whole.

64% of the French people surveyed consider that acts like those committed by Hamas on October 7 could one day happen in France.

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