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French politicians rushed to offer their commiserations in the aftermath of the mass shooting at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, but they have been battling fears about terrorism for years.

The success of Marine Le Pen, the far-Right Front National leader, has been the most visible sign of the rising tide of Islamophobia in France, which increased again in the wake of several attacks in December.

Miss Le Pen said that she was "horrified" by the attack on the satirical magazine, saying she felt "huge sadness for the victims and sent her condolences to the families of the victims."


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