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French radio station takes on new role after Paris attacks
by Nadine Achoui-Lesage
It's called "Beur FM" — after a slang term for Arab people — and has become the voice of France's Islamic community in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
The radio station gives daily doses of talk, music and news, normally catering to the Muslim population. But since terror struck the heart of Paris in January, Beur FM has become a staple for listeners of all walks of life who are hungry for answers about the violence — and how to reconcile alienated immigrants with mainstream society.
On air since 1992, the station has achieved widespread prominence only in recent months as the French turn to it for insights into what could have motivated three Frenchmen of immigrant roots to kill in the name of religion.
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