France finds itself at somewhat of a crossroads in its political history. Working-class voters are struggling with high unemployment and an economy that hasn’t fully recovered from the European debt crisis. Several French cities are reeling from recent deadly terrorist attacks. (A Belgian who claimed allegiance to the so-called Islamic State killed one police officer and injured several more Thursday night on Paris’ Champs Elysées. French authorities foiled yet another attack in the city of Marseille last week.) Joblessness and the threat of terror have fueled distrust in the government and reinvigorated a vicious debate about immigration and national identity.
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