Last year, 69% of violent robberies and other violent crimes, including sexual assaults on public transport in the greater Paris region of Île-de-France, were perpetrated by foreign nationals, according to figures by SSMSI, the statistics bureau of the French Ministry of Interior.
REMIX News However, looking closer at the data, it is revealed that Africans alone are responsible for 55% of such crimes while only representing 3.2 percent of the population of France.
In a breakdown of the statistics from the city of Paris, 38 percent of violent robberies and other violent crimes were perpetrated by foreign nationals from the Maghreb region, which constitutes North African countries such as Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco, followed by Africans from countries outside the Maghreb region. In total, foreigners committed approximately 70 percent of all violent robberies in Paris.
Another 8 percent of these crimes were committed by non-French EU nationals, and 6 percent by European nationals not hailing from the European Union.
One factor to keep in mind is that the French statistics do not break down crimes based on race or ethnicity; nor do they reveal immigration background. So, a French citizen whose parents are both from Algeria will be counted as a French national in the crime statistics. In Denmark, such information is available, and it shows that second-generation migrants with Danish citizenship actually have higher rates of crime, including murder and physical assault.
As Remix News reported in June, a poll conducted for top French newspaper Le Figaro shows that nearly three out of four French people believe there are too many migrants in the country, with the poll results coming after the country accepted a record number of foreigners in 2022 under President Emmanuel Macron.