Daesh is doing so poorly at it's home front in the Levant they have been resorting to psychological tactics, AKA Terrorist Attacks in Baghdad, Orlando, Istanbul and now Nice. Standard procedure when they are losing just to cover up the fact that they are getting hammered.
Well what do you expect Hollande lack resolve, courage and authority, and is clueless about defence topics and war to begin with. Being literate about those subjects should be mandatory for any Statesman, especially if we're talking ruling a world power.
He is not only prolonging the State of Emergency by 3 months, he is tapping into the Operational Reserves. Meaning any former Gendarme and Military Vet will be called to patrol the streets.
It's stupid. Our troops have not properly trained for more than a year now, acting like glorified sentries and bouncers. And believe they are sick of this shit, they don't want to patrol they want to fight and engage the enemy.
Both good reads on why Opération Sentinelle is a waste of everyone's time.A partir de quel montant accepte-t-on l’échec ? En finir avec l'opération SentinelleLe goût du Fer
Having troops patrolling the streets might reassure the dumbest, simplest of citizens but not much more and won't stop any further attacks. Only way to do so is by striking at the root of the problem.
Disenfranchised minorities in France and the Levant being the greatest recruiting land for Jihad since the Crusades (thanks Bush, Blair and Obama), and soon Libya if we don't do shit (thanks Sarkozy and Cameron).
Funny, I remember a few months back conversing with a friend saying having troops on the street was the right call and that we should apply Israeli level of draconian security measures. I laughed.
Have you been to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem friend? Curfews and martial law in certain territories, then having to deal with bank like security doors, then metal detectors then widespread bag searches at every establishment (even restaurants), plus frequent patrols and armed citizens. And they still get rammed by cars at least twice a year and stabbing sprees are common.
No, it doesn't solve shit, Israelis still die to recurrent terrorist attacks and they traded away most of their liberties.
But well, as Michel Goya said, Flamby declared that we are at "War", yet this is the first "War" where only French civilians are killed...