The Le Pen Effect


National Front candidate Florence Berthezène, right

Kebir Houari squints against the sun at a surveillance camera mounted on one of the 17th century town houses that form the historic heart of the southern French city of Beaucaire. Installed to dissuade the increasing acts of crime and aggression that have targeted passersby and parked cars in the square below, this camera also seems to bore in on the sidewalk café where Houari and many other members of Beaucaire's ethnic Arab and immigrant population gather to while away time. "You get the feeling we're under watch and suspicion, even though we are just as fed up with the incivility...

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