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Paris attacks: what next for Molenbeek?

How did the Brussels suburb become a hotbed of extremism?

By Ismail Einashe  

A gathering to commemorate the victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris on the city hall place in Molenbeek. © BELGA PHOTO THIERRY ROGE

Not far from the heart of Europe’s governing institutions and their attendant bureaucrats, lies Molenbeek, a Brussels district 30 minutes from the city centre. Densely populated, composed of low-rise buildings, and home to a large Arab Muslim population, it is a neighbourhood where…

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