It took Mr. Hollande long enough. The war against terrorism is an intelligence war. Intelligence is the only way to stay ahead of the threat while balancing security with the civil rights. According to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the French intelligence services are monitoring about 11,000 "Fiche S," or "S file," individuals, defined as "persons being investigated to prevent serious threats to public safety or security of the state, since information or solid evidence has been collected on them." French intelligence had opened S files on many of the individuals involved in the terrorist attacks that have taken place this year.