The tone has changed dramatically. After the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris in January 2015, President François Hollande’s main emphasis was on pulling the nation together. After the attacks in Paris on Friday November 13th, the mood has switched to a war footing as the French government seeks to respond to the “act of war” committed by a “terrorist army”, namely Islamic State (IS) which has claimed responsibility for the attacks. As for the notion of national unity, on a political level that already seems under strain.
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