Anti-Muslim acts soar in France since Paris attacks

The number of anti-Muslim incidents in France has soared since the Paris attacks, with 128 such acts registered over two weeks, almost the same amount as all 2014, a watchdog said Friday.

Paris: The number of anti-Muslim incidents in France has soared since the Paris attacks, with 128 such acts registered over two weeks, almost the same amount as all 2014, a watchdog said Friday.

The National Observatory Against Islamophobia said 33 acts against mosques in particular and 95 threats had been reported to authorities since the January 7-9 shooting spree by three French jihadists that killed 17, compared to a total of 133 such incidents in 2014.

The tally for the two weeks since January 7 do not include incidents in Paris and its surrounding region, where police have yet to release their figures.

The number of anti-Muslim incidents in 2014 had dropped 41 percent from the previous year, according to the watchdog.

"But these figures do not reflect reality, as many Muslims don`t want to systematically file a complaint when they are victims of xenophobic acts, convinced that there will be no follow-up, which is unfortunately often the case," the observatory said.