French PM and total nancy Edouard Philippe
“Those who say ignorantly that this attack could have been avoided, those who promise people zero risk – I say to them, these people bear a heavy responsibility in speaking so casually,” Philippe told parliament.
He rejected rightwing proposals to impose an outright ban on ultraconservative Salafist Islam or “preemptively” detain the most radicalised Islamists.
France already has “a legal arsenal” to “understand, monitor and sanction” extremists, Philippe said.
“Indeed it does,” emails this site’s Lyon correspondent, Dylan Kissane. “For example, in this case the individual was under a Fiche S and was known to be radicalised. He was understood, monitored, and still went on to kill people for Allah before he was ‘sanctioned’ with a bullet.”
More than 240 people have been killed in France by jihadists during the past three years. That’s some arsenal you’re deploying, Philippe. Dylan concludes:
But, hey, at least our cricket team is not flat out cheating, right?