Like any Jew living in France, Emilie Dahan was deeply shaken by last month’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket. She wondered whether, after four generations in the country, rising anti-Semitism and the risk of more terrorism might drive her family from its shores.
“When the attacks happened, I thought, ‘This is it, the moment we all feared,’” the 40-year-old mother of three recalled. “Then something happened in me. Leave my home, my life, my country? All of a sudden it seemed absurd. Deep inside, I am French, and the attacks made it clear to me.”