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Bastille Day Horror: We Are Afraid

What is it that makes France the most obvious target for Islamist terrorism? As the country recovers from the Bastille Day horror in Nice, François Gautier portrays a traumatised republic under siege
AS FRENCH PRIME Minister Manuel Valls and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve step forward during a memorial in Nice’s Promenade des Anglais, where, on 14 July, 31-year-old Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel mowed down 84 people and injured another 200, the crowd boos them down. “We don’t trust our politicians anymore,” says Helene Louis, a tourist from Paris. “After every attack, they repeat the same platitudes about terrorism, but nothing changes.”Jean Langlois, a Nicois (inhabitant of Nice), is even angrier: “There was no security worth the name and we were left to fend for ourselves. What is our government doing?”
It was 14 July, France’s national day, and on Promenade des Angais—so named because in the early 19th century Britons, fed up with their rainy and cold weather, would come in winter t…