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Le Monde - France | 24/03/2015

Geoffroy de Lagasnerie on how not to fight terrorism

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Thursday presented a bill providing additional funds for fighting terrorism to the country's police and intelligence agencies. That's exactly the wrong move, philosopher and sociologist Geoffroy de Lagasnerie writes in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: "What we have here is a repressive conception of state action based on reacting to events by giving ever freer rein to the security forces. But how would it look if we responded to the terrorist threat with more social justice, more democracy and less violence? How would it look if we focussed state action on social structures and their transformation, that is to say the cause of the phenomena we seek to fight, and not their effect? These are the important questions that it is necessary to answer if we want to sketch out a different future. ... By taking the same steps as the United States, Manuel Valls has condemned us to repeating its mistakes rather than correcting real problems. In other words, to stagnating in the fear, danger and vulnerability that feed the cycle of violence."

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