Islamophobic attacks in France - home to Western Europe's largest Muslim population - rose fourfold in the first half of 2015, the French Observatory Against Islamophobia said on Friday.

Citing Interior Ministry figures, the group said there were 274 attacks on Muslims and Muslim sites in the six months of the year, compared to 72 in the same period last year.

Attacks during the first quarter, in the immediate aftermath of the killing of 17 people around Paris in January, were much greater than in the second quarter - 222 between January and March and 52 in the following three months.

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