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"I am convinced that they [Islamic State-backed terrorists] will evolve to the stage of car bombs and explosive devices, that through this they will ramp up their capabilities.” – Patrick Calvar, head of DGSI, France’s domestic security agency, on May 24, 2016.
The forecast of the security chief with more than two decades of experience, shared at a closed-door hearing of the French parliament has come true two months later, with deadly results on July 14, 2016.
People - Others - Nice - Attack
At least 84 people were killed and 100 others injured in the Nice attack.
A truck loaded with weapons and explosives ploughed through crowds celebrating Bastille Day at the beautiful Promenade de Anglais in the coastal holiday town of Nice, killing at least 84 people including many children and injuring 100 others, 18 of whom are in a critical condition.
Truck - Kilometers
The 19-tonne truck travelled two kilometers before a terrorist got off and began shooting; he kept at it till he was shot dead.
Papers recovered from the vehicle identified the attacker as a 31-year old Tunisian.
Media - Calvar - Warnings - Future - Islamic
The French media that carried Calvar’s grim warnings on the future of the Islamic terror threat, quoted him as saying:
“We are in the brink of a civil war.
“This confrontation, I think it’s going to happen,” he said.
“One or two more terrorist attacks and it will start. It is therefore our duty to anticipate and block any group that aims to set off fighting between communities,” the DGSI chief added.
France - Matter - Country - Confrontation
Can France, or for that matter, any other democratic country, succeed in preventing such confrontation?
Already, anti-Muslim right wing groups are increasing their political clout with rising public support after every jihadi attack.
Front - National - FN - Party - France
The far right Front National (FN) party in France, led by Marine LePen, has made spectacular gains in popularity since 2011.
The FN’s credo includes economic protectionism, zero tolerance to law and order issues and...
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