France must tackle ‘social and ethnic apartheid’ – PM

January 21, 2015 10:07 AM

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PARIS (Reuters) – Deadly shootings by homegrown Islamists have cast a light on France’s “geographical, social and ethnic apartheid”, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday in one of the starkest indictments of French society by a government figure.

The Jan. 7-9 attacks on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris have plunged France into a soul- searching debate to assess how the three gunmen were radicalised and how to prevent a repeat of violence that claimed 17 victims.

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