The Collection of Ethno-racial Statistics

February 1, 2008

Developments in the French Controversy

A 2007 amendment to France’s immigration law would have made it easier for the state to collect ethnic and racial statistics for the French population. The measure met resistance from multiple quarters and was eventually held to be unconstitutional. As Daniel Sabbagh explains in this policy brief, this resistance illustrates the historical and legal differences between the United States and France regarding racial statistics.

Read Daniel Sabbagh’s brief on the French amendment here