Karim Amellal

Political science lecturer of Algerian and French dual citizenship

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Co-founder of media startups in Paris and a political science lecturer, he's an Algerian and French dual citizen

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Massive turnouts in Paris and other cities yesterday were a  demonstration of national outrage  against terrorism and anti-Semitism.

Will Terrorism in France Mean Unity or Division?

Massive turnouts in Paris and other cities yesterday were a demonstration of national outrage against terrorism and anti-Semitism.

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