RACIAL tolerance is receding in France according to a report by the Commission Nationale Consultative des Droits de l'Homme (CNCDH).
While the number of physical attacks on people based on race has dropped, the report concludes that "tolerance is receding and xenophobia is spreading".
In 2010, 886 racist incidents were reported, 165 which were violent, down 13.6% compared with 2009, according to figures from the Interior Ministry.
People of north African origin were the principle target, accounting for roughly a third of both violent and non-violent incidents.
"The year 2010 saw a rise in attacks on the Muslim community," said the CNCDH, an independent body which advises the government on human rights. Thirteen mosques and other centres were attacked compared to six in 2009.