Je suis Charlie: what next?

NB: article publié par Policy Network vendredi 31 janvier dans le cadre du bulletin mensuel “State of the Left“, qui passe en revue la situation politique (et notamment des forces de gauche) dans les principaux pays européens et nord-américains.

imageJanuary’s shocking attacks have undoubtedly left their mark on France, but the long-term political implications are yet to unfold

It is still unclear whether the 7 and 9 January killings in Paris, and the ensuing historical march, will have lasting repercussions on French politics. A remarkable climate of national unity and an unexpected wave of global solidarity immediately followed the attacks. Four million people, including 40 heads of states and governments, marched on Sunday 11 January in Paris to defend freedom of expression and stand up against terrorism and antisemitism. A crossbench Marseillaise was sung in the Assemblée Nationale – a first since 1918. Unsurprisingly, however, intellectual and political divisions quickly resumed. This is not necessarily bad news in a democracy, but it places the president and his prime minister in a very challenging position.

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