As Mr Valls made his way to the scene where Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel mowed down scores watching fireworks on the promenade during the Bastille Day celebrations on Thursday night, the crowd voiced their anger over the French government’s failure to protect its citizens in the wake of the latest terror attack.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Brenda K) He was jeered by large portions of the thousands of people who had turned up to pay their respects in the coastal city, but Valls dismissed the calls for him to resign as ‘disgraceful’, saying they reflected the ‘attitude of a minority’ in the city run by the opposition Republicans party.
This anger was inspired, no doubt, by what the Prime Minister had earlier infuriated people by saying: “Times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism, and we must face this together and show our collective sang-froid.”
A sea of people thronged the seafront promenade in Nice where the attack took place for an emotional minute’s silence. Similar ceremonies were held across the country, accompanied by the ringing of church bells.
Valls and his government has been criticised over the last 18 months for not doing enough to stop terror attacks in the country, following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in which 12 people were slaughtered last January and the Paris massacre in November where terrorists killed 130 people, including 89 inside the Bataclan theatre.
He was booed as he arrived and as he left the service.
Talking last month the French Prime Minister insisted the country is doing all it can to foil terror plots but admitted ‘more innocents will lose their lives’. He said the intelligence and police services had stopped 15 attacks since 2013 and were waging a non-stop battle to track down and prevent terrorists.
Speaking on French Inter radio, Mr Valls said before the Euros: ‘We need to tighten the net and give police and intelligence services all the means they need, but we will witness further attacks. More innocents will lose their lives.’
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Monday that the truck attack that killed 84 in the Riviera city of Nice was ‘of a premeditated nature.’