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Taking Jihad to School – French Programs Emphasize Secularism
by Abigail R. Esman
On a street in Paris's popular 6th Arrondissement, men in camouflage wielding Famas assault rifles patiently stand guard throughout the day. It is an unexpected sight amidst the chic designer boutiques and crowded restaurants, but one a hotel attendant nearby explains with a knowing glance: the building they guard houses an organization for Jews.
This is life now in Paris after the terrorist attacks that took 17 lives in January – including four Jews, massacred at the kosher Hyper Cacher market in the hours before the Sabbath.
And it isn't only here: in the Marais, long known for its Jewish population, a heavily-armed military presence has become commonplace, as France's government struggles to protect its Jews – and the rest of its population – from the murderous violence of Islamic terrorism in its streets.
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