Surveys in France reveal that there is a growing interest in witchcraft in that country, with one finding that upwards of 40% of those under the age of 35 ‘seriously’ believe in witchcraft, Breitbart reports.
The surveys were conducted by Ifop, a French opinion and marketing firm, in 2020 and 2022.
The 2020 survey found:
- 40% of French citizens under the age of 35 ‘seriously’ believe in witchcraft.
- 25% over the age of 35 seriously believe in witchcraft.
Ifop’s 2022 survey reported:
- Belief in witchcraft in France’s general population had increased from 28% to 32%.
- 38% of women believe in witchcraft, compared to 27% of men.
The problem came to light after a group blackmailed French soccer star, Paul Pogba, by accusing him of casting spells.
Breitbart provides the details:
Paul Pogba, a star of the French national football (soccer) squad who currently plays for Italian side Juventus, allegedly paid off a group of blackmailers, including his own brother, 100,000 euros ($100,100) in April, and claimed masked men armed with rifles threatened him in a Paris apartment the month prior.
The blackmailers, believed to be childhood friends of Pogba, are said to have demanded as much as 13 million euros. The case became public after Mathias Pogba began posting tweets regarding his brother, including allegations that Paul had used witchcraft to cast spells on fellow player Kylian Mbappé, Marianne reports.
“Consequently, the only path to survival is to unveil his lies and deception. That is why I revealed his use of witchcraft because what matters here is not whether you believe in it or whether it works, more that it is malicious as these practices expect you to do bad things with a will to cause harm,” Mathias is reported to have said.