France’s love of the occult

Posted on August 17, 2007


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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