Terror visits my slice of paradise as tense France holds its breath
Ahead of the Euros, the President of the Côte d’Azur region, Christian Estrosi, promised to make Nice’s fanzone the most secure in the whole of France.
Some 124 security staff were hired to watch over an expected crowd of 10,000, who would pass through specially built metal-detecting gateways and be observed by a bank of state-of-the-art CCTV cameras.
The people of Nice are not the only ones at a complete loss for words as they try to figure out how that kind of ongoing attention to security has utterly failed them. How in a country in virtual lockdown, could an 18-tonne truck break through barriers on Bastille Day and drive for 2km, killing 84 people and injuring several others?