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In a recent tweetstorm, U.S. President Donald Trump shared anti-Muslim smears from the extreme-right hate group Britain First, thus reminding us of the deep divisions and fears that terrorism has injected into Western democracies.Take France, where on Nov. 13, 2015, Daesh (ISIS) militants carried out terror attacks on the Bataclan concert hall and other sites in Paris. Although 130 people were murdered – more than in any other episode of violence against civilians in France since World War II – France's commemoration of the second anniversary was extremely subdued.With each new attack, in France or elsewhere, the trauma is reawakened.The state of emergency that former President Francois Hollande declared immediately after the attacks allowed French authorities to ensure public order, by detaining suspects, conducting home searches and closing certain places of worship.Still, a majority of French citizens remain deeply concerned about the threat of terrorism not just from abroad, but from people living in France, often with French citizenship.In the two years since the Daesh attacks in Paris, France has readied itself to face the terrorist threat.These arguments will likely fall flat in France. If there is another serious attack, the French will undoubtedly hold their leaders accountable for failing to protect them.
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