Last year, parties like UKIP and the FN that campaigned on anti-European Union and anti-immigrant platforms saw their popularity rise as anti-immigrant feeling grew as Europe struggled to recover from the economic crisis.
In September 2014, the FN won its first ever seats in the French Senate, amid a broad swing to the right that saw Socialist President François Hollande lose his majority in the upper house of parliament.
Meanwhile, the rise of UKIP and grassroots movements like Pegida in Germany testify to the fact that anti-immigration sentiment is prominent in even countries with more robust economies.
Although Muslim organizations in Europe have condemned the "Charlie Hebdo" attack, experts warned that Islamophobia would increase and that Muslims would become a useful "scapegoat" for economic problems in France and beyond.
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"There is a danger that these events will exacerbate the Islamophobia that has been growing in sections of French society for some time," Iain Stewart, a lecturer in Modern European History at University of London, told CNBC, Friday.
"This Islamophobia is not confined to the far-right, but the party most likely to exploit it for political gain is the Front National."
Ruth Wodak , the author of "Right-Wing Populism in Europe: Politics and Discourse," told CNBC she believed that France's migrant community would become a "scape goat" for the "huge challenges currently facing French society."
"There is no doubt that right-wing populist parties and extreme right-wing parties, who are continuously riding attacks against Muslims and Islam, will try to score political points (from the attack)," she said in an email to CNBC Friday.
"They will continue to direct their attacks against a generalised homogenous group of Muslims, migrants and asylum seekers, without differentiating between fundamentalist Islam and moderate Muslims."
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