A majority of French people believe racism is worse in France in 2013 than it was 30 years ago and that it is also now "more difficult" to be a Muslim. The head of an anti-racism organisation tells The Local why the French president and his government must take their share of the blame.

After last month's divisive rows over the Roma community and reports of an increase in anti-Semitic and Islamophobic incidents in recent months, the results of a poll released on Monday might not be a surprise to many people.

According to a survey carried out by polling agency OpinionWay, a majority of French people (59 percent) believe that racism has increased in their country.

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