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Südostschweiz - Switzerland | Wednesday, January 6, 2016

France remains a jihad factory

France still isn't addressing the root causes of Islamist violence, the daily newspaper Südostschweiz comments: "You can sense that neither the government nor the opposition have any real desire to tackle the problem of the banlieue ghettos that have already produced more than a thousand Syrian fighters and dozens of terrorists. Because in those areas where more than 40 percent of the population is unemployed the Salafists have no problems recruiting followers. And in ex-French colonies like Mali Hollande is neglecting the political fight against the causes after hunting the Islamists out of the country through military means. A new storm is brewing there. Demographer Emmanuel Todd has bluntly referred to France as a 'jihad factory'. And until a social and economic policy is found to address the problem any police work, not matter how difficult, will be a never-ending task. And 2015 won't be the last annus horribilis for France."

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