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France on two fronts: New wave of terror attacks ahead of return to lockdown

THE DEBATE
THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24
By: François PICARD Follow | Freddie GOWER | Juliette LAURAIN
47 min

Hours before France goes back into lockdown, it's back to maximum terror alert level. This follows the third terror attack in just over a month, this time targeting a church in the Riviera city of Nice. Three were killed in a knifing spree, a wounded suspect is in custody. After Emmanuel Macron's defence of the republishing of Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the prophet and a boycott movement in the Muslim world, what response to the latest attack?

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The choice of words matters to accurate reflect the national mood, particularly when it's back to near-total confinement for at least the next four weeks. That means less time with loved ones, colleagues and friends and more time in front of screens. How will that affect us? More broadly, what are the lessons learned from the spring, not only when it comes to public health but now, as the weather turns cold and with the Christmas vacation compromised, how do we treat each other – young and old – and avoid a siege mentality?

Produced by Freddie Gower, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.

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