Friday, March 23, 2012

as suspected

Mohamed Merah (this is the French spelling of his given name) is dead. It turns out that he had been a psych patient for two weeks.

I'm wondering what the optics are for Sarkozy, who's currently running for his second term. The French Left is spinning this as Sarkozy's problem for having created/exacerbated a climate of racial/cultural intolerance. The French Right, meanwhile, sees people like Mehra as justification for stricter measures to be taken against certain foreign and/or non-integrated communities.


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