Anger in France is on the upswing and rightfully so. People have had enough of French president Francois Hollande and his government.
To understand the rising anger, let’s recap terrorist four events in Europe, three of them in France, in the last 18 months.
Charlie Hebdo, Paris, Brussels, Nice
- On January 7, 2015 11 people were killed and another 11 injured in the Charlie Hebdo Murders.
- On November 13, 2015 a series of Coordinated Terrorist Attacks occurred in Paris and the city’s northern suburb, Saint-Denis. The attackers killed 130 people, including 89 at the Bataclan theatre. Another 368 people were injured, 80–99 seriously. Seven of the attackers also died. The attacks were the deadliest on France since World War II.
- On March 22, 2016 an Isis-Sponsored Suicide Bomb Attacks in Brussels Kills Dozens; Fear Descends on Belgium.
- On July 14, 2016 a Terrorist Attack in Nice killed at least 84. Another 18 remain in critical condition.
Following the Charlie Hebdo Murders, the popularity of French president Francois Hollande recovered a bit. The rebound was short-lived as eurosceptic, anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen soon took the lead in French Polls.
Valls Booed in Tribute to Nice Victims
Now French citizens are so upset that French PM Valls Booed at Nice Tribute.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls was on Monday booed in Nice after attending a minute’s silence in tribute to the victims of last week’s atrocity in the city. Cries of “Valls resign” rang out from part of the crowd that was gathered to pay respect to those who died.
More than two-thirds of French people polled in the wake of the Nice attacks “do not trust” President François Hollande and his government to combat terrorism effectively, according to an Ifop survey in Le Figaro. After the 2015 terror assaults, the majority of people expressed the opposite view.
The images of Mr Valls being booed contrasted with scenes following the Charlie Hebdo attack, when members of the government led a mass national unity parade through the streets of the capital. But the public anger highlights growing anxiety over a threat that an unprecedented security crackdown has failed to prevent.
It seems something happened to the “Je Suis Charlie” movement.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock