A new study reveals a shocking number of fundamentalist Muslims among France’s young Islamic population.
France has population of 66 million, 10% of which is under age 25. France’s Muslim population is between 5 and 6 million, meaning there are more than 130,000 Muslims under the age of 25.
According to a recent study conducted by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), a full third of France’s young Muslims hold fundamentalist views.
When I say “fundamentalist views” I am referring to opinions including support for terrorism. To compare, about 6% of Christians and only 0.6% of non-Muslims are “religious absolutists.”
The CNRS study involved several thousand high school students between the ages of 14 and 16.
When asked about two Islamist terror attacks that took place in Paris in 2015, 32% of respondents said they would not fully condemn the attackers’ actions.
Thirty-three percent of Muslim respondents said that engaging in violent action for ideological reasons is a legitimate behavior. Compare this to 20% of Christian respondents and 22% of non-religious respondents.
Over 40% of students with fundamentalist religious views who agreed that some forms of violence are acceptable also agreed that “in some cases in today’s society [it is acceptable] to take up arms and fight for his religion.” Seventy percent of this group said they did not condemn the attackers in the Hyper Cacher and Charlie Hebdo Islamist terror attacks.
“The spread of radical ideas is around three times stronger among young Muslims than in the sample as a whole,” concluded study author Olivier Galland. “A purely economical explanation does not seem valid,” he added. “Membership of the Islamic faith is the biggest predictive factor.”
The study’s authors note that these results may not be indicative of French youth as a whole, and point out that “two-thirds of Muslims do not adhere to these [fundamentalist] ideas.”
Even so, the results of this study are important to consider in the ongoing fight against terror.
The growing presence of terrorism in Europe has been particularly hard on France, which has experienced a proportionately high number of attacks over the past two years.
France has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe. Islam is France’s second-largest religion (behind Catholic Christianity).
Like the Turkish president’s recent call for his people to breed, the growing number of fundamental Muslims in France is just another factor leading to the eventual Islamification of Europe – something that will come to pass unless we act now.
Editor’s note: This should give you an indication of how huge this problem is. France is in deep trouble.