engage a broad segment

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Background:The dam resulted in flood of young people's anger, and in a protest, a young man die.

But the death has also focused attention on the government’s seeming failure to engage a broad segment of France’s next generation, and the increasingly violent nature of protests inspired by antiglobalization movements, such as Occupy Wall Street, that have spread across France in recent years.

From New York Times:In France, Dam Is the Catalyst for a Flood of Young People’s Anger

Hi, everyone:

I have no idea about the meaning of "engage a broad segment". I only know "engage in"
Please help~~

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    It's short (in my mind) for "engage with" – to have a meaningful dialogue and/or relationship with this segment of French society, rather than ignoring them.
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