Friday 9 December 2016

Terror visits my slice of paradise as tense France holds its breath

Clodagh Finn

Published 16/07/2016 | 02:30

The sun casts long shadows as people walk on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
The sun casts long shadows as people walk on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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.

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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?

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