Terrorism: 53% of French think country is ‘at war’

Hooded police officers arrest a suspect during an anti-terrorism operation in Lunel, southern France

PARIS – Some 53% of French citizens believe the country is “at war,” according to a survey carried out by the IPSOS/Sopra Steria institute for the daily Le MOnde and Radio Europe 1 about three weeks after jihadist attacks in Paris.

The survey shows that 51% of respondents feel that Islam is “incompatible” with the values of French society (12% fewer than in January 2014 and 23% fewer than in January 2013) and 66% believe that Islam is a “religion that is as peaceful as others” and that Islamic fundamentalism is a “perversion of this religion.”

However, 90% want anti-jihad measures stepped up, while only 9% say that they are against “the publication in the press of satirical caricatures on religion.”