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When France went soft on terror

When France went soft on terror

Just when I was starting to wonder if I was spending too much time writing about terrorism in France, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel of Tunisia climbed into a cargo truck and mowed down a crowd during Bastille Day fireworks in the French city of Nice, killing 84 people and injuring at least 303 more.

The attack came at a particularly poor time for French President Francois Hollande's Socialist government. A parliamentary commission report examining the "means used by the (French) state to fight terrorism since January 2015" had just been published. January 2015 was the month when two jihadist gunmen murdered 12 people at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine,...