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15 July 2016
The University of Melbourne
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If you live in France, you enjoy Bastille Day. There is a buzz in the air as you celebrate a day off in the middle of summer with family and friends. You go to the fireworks. It is good to be in France and to remember the founding principles of the state – liberty, equality and fraternity. There is little mention of a bloody history of revolution and wars, of colonialism and empire.

Now, after the horrific Nice truck attack that killed at least 84 people – including many children – and injured at least 100 others, one question is being asked more than most:

Why France?

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