French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday that social and ethnic apartheid were a reality in France, almost two weeks after the country was left traumatized following a series of terrorist shootings by Islamic extremists.

"These last few days have emphasized many of the... challenges we have to face," Valls said.

"To that we must add all the divisions, the tensions that have been brewing for too long and that we hardly mention... territorial, social, ethnic apartheid in our country."

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