On a percentage basis France has a considerably larger population of Muslims than America. Thus, the French have more experience living with Muslims than do most Americans.
Yesterday, the French newspaper Le Monde reported the results of a new poll about the French attitude toward their Muslim neighbors.
The results were not encouraging.
74% of those who responded consider that Islam is an “intolerant” religion and that its values are incompatible with French values.
Worse yet, 8 out of 10 respondents believe that Muslims are trying to impose their way of life (mode de fonctionnement) on others.
Obviously, this leaves open the question of whether the French are fundamentally biased against Muslims or whether the reputation of Islam has been severely damaged by the behavior of French Muslims and their co-religionists around the world.
Can that many Frenchmen and women be wrong?