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France giving in to terrorists' tyranny

Published 30/08/2016

How incredible to see the once-tolerant land of France being reduced to a scene where a police officer can stand over a Muslim woman, insisting she take her clothes off (Saturday Review, August 27). You could not make it up.

If this ludicrous act of intolerance is in some way intended to deter terrorism, it won't work. This act shows France effectively giving into the tyranny of the terrorists, reducing the human rights of its citizens at the behest of the perceived threat.

Britain can provide the evidence of what happens when a single religion, or nationality, is made into a suspect community. The British did it to the Irish during the war in Northern Ireland.

A community under attack closes in on itself, providing harbour for those who might move to extreme actions and be radicalised.

The call of "give me your liberties and I will provide security" has been the cry of dictators down the ages.

It would be sad to see the great nation of France succumbing to such a call and, in the process, destroying the very liberties it has fought for so many centuries to preserve.

PAUL DONOVAN

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