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In trying to defeat terrorism, Macron must not undermine the principles of the French Republic

Fighting a culture war against the Muslim “enemy within” will not help counter terrorism

By Myriam François   December 2020
Emmanuel Macron outside the Austrian Embassy in Paris Credit: Berzane Nasser/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

Emmanuel Macron outside the Austrian Embassy in Paris Credit: Berzane Nasser/ABACA/ABACA/PA Images

When French pupils returned to school in November, they marked a minute of silence to remember Samuel Paty. The teacher’s lesson on free speech, which included Charlie Hebdo’s satirical images of the Prophet Muhammad, was used to justify his brutal murder on 16th October. A fortnight later, three people were killed at a church in Nice. Today, a wounded France is, inevitably, not only grieving but…

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