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Worlds of Difference: French Jews and Muslims

Claire, Alain and Sarah Alter gather for the Sabbath dinner in Toulouse, France. Homelands Productions hide caption

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France has always offered what is known as the "republican deal" to its religious minorities: keep your religion private, and you will be treated like every other citizen.

Despite this "deal," the country has seen a sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks over the last three years. And now there's a wave of protests regarding the recently approved government ban on headscarves for Muslim girls in public schools.

French Jews and Muslims are now struggling with their religious and regional identities as the country itself is learning how to acknowledge differences.

In the first of a two-part series, Frank Browning visits members of a Jewish family in Toulouse, France who are trying to chart their future in an increasingly divided land.