Immigration Statistics in French Online Comment Boards: Mistrust Discourse, Anti-migrant Hate Speech


This chapter explores the discursive markers used by Internet commentators to express their mistrust of scientists regarding immigration statistics in France. In online comments collected from the mainstream media Le Figaro and Le Monde, it observes Internet users who adopt stances of mistrust or rejection of scientists and the media. The aim of this analysis is to investigate how the discourses of Internet users coexist with hate speech against migrants by attacking academia and scientists and disqualifying the media. Hate speech against migrants is analysed as a social phenomenon and as a polyphonic construct, whose targets go beyond migrants themselves.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Institute for Forensic Linguistics
Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG. This is the author's accepted manuscript of the chapter, "N. Makouar (2022) Immigration in French Online Comment Boards" in Monnier et al eds., Cyberhate in the Context of Migrations," published by Springer Nature.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mistrust,Truth,Media,Semantics,Modalities,Hate speech,Discourse analysis
PURE Output Type: Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Published Date: 2022-02-11
Authors: Makouar, Nadia (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7288-6184)



Version: Accepted Version

Access Restriction: Restricted to Repository staff only until 11 February 2024.

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