The Huffington Post quotes Transatlantic Relations Program Nonresident Senior Fellow Nicholas Dungan on the terrorist attack in Paris on the office of the newspaper of Charlie Hebdo:
Nicholas Dungan, a senior fellow and France expert at the Atlantic Council, argues that the root cause of rising racism is a general malaise about the country’s prospects. “If you look don’t think things will get better, you look to blame someone else,” he told The WorldPost. “France has been in a state of drift for some time now, and that drift has led to divisions.”
Dungan argues that there is no contradiction between these statistics. “French people are politically sophisticated enough to make a distinction between Muslims and fundamentalists,” he said. “There is a lot of consistency in saying, ‘We believe that Muslims are perfectly capable of being good members of society, but we don’t think the values of Islam’ — and they’re likely thinking of extreme examples — ‘fit with our values,'” he said.