France has been in a state of emergency since the bloody Paris attacks that left 130 dead last November.

Critics say the emergency powers are being abused, but the French government claims they're necessary to help to protect the country from attacks.

Mehdi Hasan questioned Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to the US, on the effectiveness of the emergency laws, pointing out that the Nice attack happened when the state of emergency was in place.

Araud was also asked whether France's foreign policy of intervention in the Middle East and North Africa made the country more vulnerable to attacks.

"Most of the French Muslims are from Arab origin, which means that they are very sensitive to what is happening in the Middle East," says Araud.

When asked about President Hollande's comment that "there is a problem with Islam", Araud clarified that it was a question of integration.

"We are facing a challenge how to accommodate our Muslim citizens in a society which was basically built on Christian or Judeo-Christian roots," he says.

In this week's Headliner, Araud defends France's foreign policy and the continued state of emergency.

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Source: Al Jazeera News