French President Nicolas Sarkozy has declared that a public debate on France's national identity is "necessary" and that not talking about it would be "dangerous." The opposition has criticized the debates as being divisive and a political ploy. Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A bandaged Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as he leaves Milan's San Raffaele Hospital. Berlusconi was discharged Thursday after suffering severe facial wounds in a violent weekend attack. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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