Paris: nearly two months after the November night of rampage and a year since Charlie Hebdo and the associated attacks. The place feels on edge, infected by a deep and pervasive anxiety. There is a heavy security presence at train stations, museums, places of worship and other ‘obvious’ targets of terrorism. Police of various descriptions, gendarmerie, army officers, green berets – they are all out in force. The metro system is particularly on alert. There are constant announcements about reporting suspicious behaviour, suspicious objects, unaccompanied baggage.
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