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France's toxic mix of demographics, terrorism and a presidential election

France's toxic mix of demographics, terrorism and a presidential election

If you think immigration is a poisonous issue in American politics, spare a moment of sympathy for France, where demographics, terrorism and a presidential election have collided to produce a truly toxic mix. For decades, France has grappled with the problem of a growing underclass in its industrial cities' gritty working-class suburbs — mostly Muslim immigrants and children of immigrants from former French colonies such as Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. This year, French citizens of North African descent have been charged in at least two terrorist strikes: the January attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, and last week's attack on a factory near Lyon, where a...

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