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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, March 20, 2012

United action against nationalists needed

Following the attack on the Jewish school in Toulouse, President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Socialist opponent François Hollande have put their presidential campaigns on hold for the time being. But more meaningful symbolic gestures are needed, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy writes in the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: "Just over 20 years ago the political parties (with the exception of the far-right Front National) led by François Mitterrand marched in unison against the desecration of 34 graves at the Jewish cemetery of Carpentras. Today it takes a rally in Toulouse led by Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande. The political forces must convene at the Place du Capitole and declare that when its children - no matter what their origin - are murdered, France will form a common front against the murderers regardless of their motivation. ... As a warning to the agitators who defend the 'national identity' as if it were a closed entity fuelled by bitterness and hatred: The social contract is the victim of such a massacre. The very foundations of coexistence are shaken when such madness breaks out. A more damaging wound could not be inflicted on our country or our history."

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