|Terror in France, again: Why Nice?
Why Nice was an unsurprising location for a terrorist attack
|Nice is best known for ornate churches and palm-tree-fringed beaches. Less well known is its intractable problem with Islamic radicalisation, which is among the most severe in France. Yesterday’s terrorist horror, in which a truck mowed through Bastille Day revellers, killing 84 people, was reportedly carried out by a Tunisian-French resident of the city.
Many largely Muslim neighbourhoods supply ready young minds on which local jihadist recruiters prey. At least 55 residents of Nice and nearby towns have left to fight in Syria and Iraq. Regional officials, who are at the forefront of French efforts to fight the spread of radicalism, had breathed sighs of relief when Nice’s annual carnival, and the Euro 2016 football tournament, passed safely. Yet authorities continue to warn that big crowds are vulnerable. The latest attack proved them cruelly right, writes our France correspondent