Paris - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

There are some tensions, but nothing you wouldn't see in the U.S. these days. - Feb 2015

No more than anywhere else. - Jan 2011

There is a lot of tension right now with the burqa ban and anti-Muslim sentiments. Also, Sarkozy had thousands of Romanians deported this summer. While this is an incredibly diverse city, there are interesting ironies. - Sep 2010

The French themselves are generally more prejudiced against people of North African or "Arab" descent than people of sub-saharan African descent. I think expats get a pass, though I have at least one South Asian friend who would disagree. No gender or religious prejudices to speak of. Many French consider themselves pro-Palestinian and there is some anti-Semitism, but Paris has thriving Jewish communities. - Apr 2009

Yes, there is both religious and racially-based prejudice against Muslims and Africans. - Dec 2008

In day to day life, I have not witnessed problems with racial, religious prejudices but have heard that traditional french are not accepting of African-French, Moroccan-French, etc. - Jun 2008


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