7 January 1957 marks the beginning of the battle of Algiers, whilst on 7 January 2015 the editorial office of Charlie Office was decimated. Is France at war? This question crops us time and time again. The terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016 plunged the country into a test the likes of which it had not experienced for 50 years, raising the spectre of the Algerian War. The return of the Algerian War, in the form of confrontations between communities, is a fear which has spread throughout French society; it is phenomenon which must be analysed if we are to avoid confusing historical challenges with the fight against terrorism
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