After France’s terrorist attacks, its leaders face complex challenges in moving forward

January 10, 2015 1:27 AM

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ANOTHER BLOODY day in France ended Friday with three terrorists killed in two separate shootouts — along with at least four more victims of their murderous jihadism. It wasn’t clear if these deaths marked the end of the offensive by an extremist cell that began Wednesday with the assault on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. But already the country has been deeply shaken by a demonstration of its vulnerability to homegrown militants radicalized by the wars of the Middle East.

The challenge for France’s leaders, and its European Union neighbors, will now be complex. They must promote greater security, defend free speech and fight anti-Semitism. But they must also head off a backlash against a disadvantaged and alienated minority Muslim population that already is the targe...

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