My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Viva la Revolution! Let them eat cake…errr…baklava!

Today, France announced that it’s considering collecting census data to determine the ethnic makeup of its citizens. As is the case with many things French, this idea was met with much opposition:

France is for the first time launching a commission to investigate ways of measuring the country’s ethnic make-up.

The commission is being set up by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s adviser on tackling discrimination, Yazid Sabeg.

Mr Sabeg said it was “essential to measure how effective are official policies combating discrimination”.

But opponents say his idea breaches the French principle of equality for all. Classifying people by race or religious beliefs is currently illegal in France.