France’s love of the occult

Posted on August 17, 2007

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Came across an interesting editorial in the International Herald Tribune on the prevalence of superstition in Europe. Here is one bit of statistics to chase up the source for:

EU Commission research indicates that 52 percent of Europeans believe astrology has a scientific basis compared to a more skeptical United States and Britain, at about 31 percent each.

France, in particular, comes in for some criticism – there are supposedly four times as many practising clairvoyants there are there are Catholic priests. This is a particularly piquant piece of news for me given that just recently it was suggested to me that the French are not very superstitious thanks to the Enlightenment.

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