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After Paris: the politics of terror

Fear has returned to France—and it has always been the Front National’s best fuel

By Christine Ockrent   January 2016

French soldiers patrol in front of Lyon's courthouse, central France, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. © AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani

People are buying flags. Young men are enlisting in the armed forces at an unprecedented rate. Fresh flowers are brought every day to the locations of the massacres, joining the piles of withered leaves covering bloodstains. Before it became too cold, people in the neighbourhood made it a point to have their drinks on café…

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