Anger and loathing in France as 'neo-Nazi' skinheads beat left-wing activist to death

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The mainstream political parties in France have reacted in horror and outrage after a 19-year-old left-wing student activist was beaten to death by a group of skinhead thugs in the centre of Paris. Experts say it is the first such major violent attack carried out by extreme right-wingers since the 1980s. Some on the Left blamed the recent anti gay marriage protests for poisoning the political atmosphere in the country and paving the way for violence from the extreme right.