Immigration & Criminality

Let’s take a widespread prejudice in France…



Episode 1

Let’s take a widespread prejudice in France : “The more immigrants there is, the higher criminality is ». John Paul Lepers is strongly believes it, and wants to prove it. Using the data from the French Ministry of Home Affairs’ statistics institute (INSEE), John Paul Lepars first goes in the cities that have the most immigrants in France : Aubervilliers, Beausoleil, Ferney-Voltaire, Oyonnax. The gap between the criminal rate in these four cities and the number of immigrants is so great that he needs to change his approach. He compares criminality rates in two cities completely opposed: Montbéliard, with a high immigration rate, and Caen, that barely has any. Le results amaze him : they have the same criminality rate. With the help of statisticians and of criminality experts, he demonstrates that there are no links between immigration and criminality.


Episode 2

In a second film, John Paul Lepers tries to understand why he, as many others, believes in this prejudice. He unveils the insidious mechanisms that are at the origins of all discrimination. With the help of professors in social psychology, he makes experiments in elementary schools and laboratories, that reveal the unconscious mechanisms that lead us to create human categories and associate them with stereotypes that become prejudices, the base to all discrimination.

Written by / Directed by
An investigation directed by John Paul Lepers
Written by Christophe Nick and Gilles Cayatte
Directed by Gilles Cayatte
2 x 70′
Broadcasted on
France 2
Broadcasted in
Bristributed by
France TV Distribution