Nice attack: French PM Valls booed at commemoration

Thousands gathered to honour victims of the Nice attack. PHOTO: REUTERS

FRENCH Prime Minister Manuel Valls has been booed as he attended a minute’s silence in Nice, where an attacker in a lorry killed 84 people on Thursday.
Hecklers shouted out “murderer” and “resign” at him before the minute’s silence, held across the nation.
Earlier, centre-right opposition leader Nicolas Sarkozy accused the government of failing to provide security, BBC stated.
Troops are to be redeployed to tourist spots as inquiries continue into the killer’s possible links to jihadists.
Mr Sarkozy, a former president, called for any foreign nationals with links to radical Islam to be expelled from France.
This was a scene that has never been seen before in France at a national act of homage: the head of government booed and called a murderer.
The angry reception that Prime Minister Manuel Valls received when he observed the minute’s silence in Nice is a stark warning of how the mood in the country has changed.
The attacks of last year seemed too extraordinary to provoke much more than shock and horror.
But Nice showed that mass terror is becoming regular and ordinary. And – as Manuel Valls saw at the ceremony – that is beginning to make people very angry indeed.
This showed that his act was “premeditated and deliberate”, Mr Molins said.
Many of the dead and injured were children watching a Bastille Day fireworks display with their families.
There are still 74 people in hospital, 28 of whom are in intensive care, Mr Molins said.
Thirteen of the victims have not yet been identified, he said.