A twist of faith

After the horror of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, France is in a state of tension as it goes to the polls this month. Thomas Hubert reports from Paris on the mood of an increasingly divided nation.

20th March, 2015
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Demonstrators make their way along Boulevard Voltaire, Paris, on January 11, 2015, during a rally following the terrorist attacks. Picture David Ramos/Getty

Two and a half months ago, a pair of radical Islamist gunmen shocked France and the wider world by shooting dead 12 people in the offices of a Parisian satirical magazine. Today and next Sunday, the country goes to the polls in local government elections. This will be the first reshaping of the French body politic since what has come to be known as the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Who wins control of these councils is largely...

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