Sunday, May 26, 2019
France: As Many Muslims as Practising Catholics in 18-29 Year-Old Demographic
Fewer and fewer French identify as being actively religious and according to a new study there's now as many practising Muslims among the 18-29 year-old demographic as there are practising Roman Catholics.
In total, around 32% of French in 2018 identify as being members of the Roman Catholic church, but the majority, 19%, say that they don't practise and only 7% say that they attend mass once a month — down from an already low 9% in 2008, French political magazine Le Point reports.
The research comes from sociologists Claude Dargent and Olivier Galland who compared the numbers to 1981 when 70% of French identified as being Roman Catholics and 17% regularly practised.
One of the largest trends in the data's the huge difference between those of different generations in terms of active religious practice. Among the 18-29 year-olds, a mere 3% of Catholics say they practise, compared to 16% of those over the age of 70.
As Catholicism has declined, other religions have grown in France, with Islam being the fastest. Around 14% of French identify as being Muslim and among the 18-29 year-old age bracket there's just as many practising Muslims in France as practising Roman Catholics.
The rise of Islam in France was addressed by Archbishop of Strasbourg Luc Ravel, who tied the trend to the shifting population demographics, claiming, "Muslim believers know very well that their birthrate's such that today, they call it … the Great Replacement, they tell you in a very calm, very positive way that, ‘one day all this, it'll be ours’."
The idea of population replacement, conceived as the "Great Replacement" by French writer Renaud Camus, is considered a conspiracy theory by many in the mainstream media.
According to a survey by Jean-Jaurès Foundation and Conspiracy Watch, at least a quarter of French believe "elites" are using mass migration policies to replace them.
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