In troubled times, Europe asks: What does being 'European' really mean?

From islanders on the front lines of the refugee crisis, to those living in Europe’s biggest metropolises, to those tucked into rural communities far removed from the politics of their capitals, many feel that the European Union is at a crossroads.

Galaye Gueye, a tailor in Paris, France

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Galaye Gueye, fashion industry, France.

His country could see far-right leader Marine Le Pen make it to round two of the French presidential election in 2017, a prospect that grows with fears of terrorism also fueling fears of "others."

"I come from Senegal. I have been in France since 1984. Today I have two identities. But if you are African and you say you are French, they always say, but from where?

"No, it doesn’t bother me. It’s normal, you know. Because we are not originaires. My children, on the other hand, it annoys them. My children who were born here, and who are black, are always asked, you come from where? Me, before I was proud to say I came from Africa. My children, like the Arab children, they don’t want people to say that they are foreigners. This is the problem in France with the new generation. There are many Africans who feel these divisions, but I don’t. I have lived here for a long time. I feel I belong to the European Union. But I feel more French than European."

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