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Charlie Hebdo: the emotional hangover begins for France

Questions must now be asked about the future of the French secularist model

By Christine Ockrent  

France's President Francois Hollande stands shoulder to shoulder with former President and rival Nicholas Sarkozy. © Thibault Camus/AP/Press Association Images

On 11th January in France, a nation took to the streets, moved to the core by the massacre of journalists, the murder of policemen and the slaughter of Jews. In a country so obsessed with itself, endlessly questioning its history and its purpose in the world, dissecting its own decline and fall…

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