More than half of blacks living in France say they face racial discrimination, according to the first-ever survey on the country’s black population.

The findings are troubling for a country that has long prided itself on its human rights record, and its ostensibly color-blind integration model.

According to a survey conducted by the TNS-Sofres polling agency, 61 percent of blacks living in France say they have experienced at least one racist incident within the past year.

More than one in 10 of the 13,000 respondents said they were frequently the target of racism that ranged from verbal aggression to difficulty finding housing or jobs.

Lisa Bryant has more for Voice Of America from Paris.

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