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Matérn hard core processes of types I and II are the point processes of choice to model concurrent transmitters in CSMA networks. We determine the mean interference observed at a node of the process and compare it with the mean interference in a Poisson point process of the same density. It turns out that despite the similarity of the two models, they behave rather differently. For type I, the excess interference (relative to the Poisson case) increases exponentially in the hard-core distance, while for type II, the gap never exceeds 1 dB.