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La Croix - France | Monday, December 22, 2014

Not the time for anti-Islam paranoia in France

Several people were injured in attacks against police and pedestrians in Joué-lès-Tours and Dijon on the weekend. In both cases the alleged assailants called out "Allah is great". The investigators suspect one of the attackers was motivated by radical Islamism. Instead of panicking France should do more to help those who are excluded from society, the Catholic daily La Croix urges: "The first thing to do is not give in to fear or a collective psychosis that would mobilise people against this or that part of the population. The vast majority of people of foreign origin and Muslims want to live in peace and harmony with French society. … Rather than turning a blind eye, French society must ask itself some serious questions about its fringes, populated by deracinated, jobless people. The fight against violent excesses is not just the job of the security forces. It also involves strengthening social cohesion."

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