Monday 24 April 2017

Nice attack was another nail in Hollande's coffin

The only political victor in the current climate of fear in France is the far-right Front National, writes Philippe Marliere

THE BASTILLE DAY MASSACRE: Emergency services vehicles work on the scene after a truck, left, plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice. Photo: AP
THE BASTILLE DAY MASSACRE: Emergency services vehicles work on the scene after a truck, left, plowed through Bastille Day revelers in the French resort city of Nice. Photo: AP

Philippe Marliere

On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President Francois Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil.

An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: "This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack".

France has certainly been the target of terrorist organisations of late but it was nonetheless surprising to hear him jump to conclusions. As he spoke, the police hardly knew the identity of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the 31-year old man who killed 84 people.

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