Arts & Culture’s Karin Helmstaedt talks over Skype to French philosopher Pascal Bruckner about the challenges facing France in the face of recent attacks by Islamist extremists.
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The French anti-terror mission Barkhane is losing support in Mali, as reflected in recent protests in the capital, Bamako. Attitudes to the former colonial power are ambivalent amid deteriorating security.
The new US president spoke to his French counterpart for the first time since taking office. Joe Biden and Emmanuel Macron sought to mend the strained relations after four years of Donald Trump.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the checks would be carried out in the coming days, and that the mosques risked closure. The move comes as French authorities call for efforts to combat radical Islamism.
The attack came just days after three French soldiers were killed in Mali by the al-Qaida-linked Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM).
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