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    Deadly Truck Attack in Nice (186)

    A Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice has left at least 84 people dead and hundreds injured. It's feared many children caught up in the incident have been orphaned and now questions are being asked how another atrocity has been allowed to happen on French soil.

    Professor Anthony Glees, a terrorism expert at the University of Buckingham told Sputnik that President Hollande "is in big trouble."

    "Hollande has failed to deliver security and this is not the first time we have seen vehicles used as weapons. If you look at the video you see a motorcyclist riding alongside [the truck] and people running after it, but what use is that?" Professor Glees asks.

    "It was obvious that the lorry was up to no good. It was able to travel for over two kilometers and not be disturbed. This is why terrorism is a threat and it is of utmost importance that a government provides security. And if they do not, they are not competent."

    ​"If you're blown up on a national holiday then that is the fault of the government," Glees told Sputnik. "There should be more joined up intelligence activity and better intelligence led security."

    Professor Glees also directs the university's center for security and intelligence studies and specializes in security and intelligence issues and believes "more surveillance and more monitoring" will not stop these attacks.

    "People like the killer in Nice do have criminal records — he was known to the police. It is an established fact that many terrorists are people who have some criminal record, so anyone from North Africa with a criminal record should be checked out," Glees told Sputnik.

    "There also needs to be a discussion about how the millions of people in France, such as Arabic African migrants can be better integrated into French society and democracy."

    "It's all very well going on about 'liberty' in France but it doesn't apply to Arabic Africans, who are prone to Islamist brainwashing, which has undoubtedly taken place."

    The state of emergency imposed in France following the terrorist attack on 13 November 2015 was due to finish at the end of July 2016, however after the attack in Nice, President Francois Hollande has extended it again for another three months. But as Professor Glees points out, "it didn't stop the attack in Nice."

    "Without security, you cannot have democracy and French people don't really understand that or accept it."

    "What they have accepted is a state of emergency and Hollande has said the present state of emergency will be extended by three months. But it didn't stop the attack in Nice. You cannot keep a country under siege in this way, it doesn't work."

    French authorities have confirmed that the truck was driven by a 31 year old French-Tunisian man called Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a convicted criminal who was well known to police.

    It's still not known if he was acting alone or was part of a wider group or network.

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