Homophobic attacks and insults in France rose by 36% last year, according to figures released by the interior ministry, prompting the government to talk of an “anchoring” of homophobia in the country.
The figures released on Saturday show a steady increase in offences and come on the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, and 30 years after the withdrawal of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses by the World Health Organization.
in 2019 the police identified 1,870 victims of homophobic or transphobic offences, compared to 1,380 in 2018, representing a 36% increase in the number of victims of anti-LGBT acts, the ministry said in a statement. Advocates had previously described 2018 as a “black” year, with an unequalled level of physical violence against LGBT people.
“These figures testify to the deep anchoring of homophobia and transphobia in society,” the ministry said on Saturday, adding that they form part of a broader increase in “hate acts and identity extremism”.