On July 13, just one day before the latest terrorist attack in France, French President Francois Hollande announced that the state of emergency enacted after the last terrorist attacks would be lifted on July 26.
The previous attack, which resulted in the state of emergency, occurred in November 2015 at an Eagles of Death Metal rock concert in Paris, killing 89.
Prior to that was the infamous January 2015 attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical publisher.
President Hollande’s announcement came on the eve of Bastille Day, the national holiday in France celebrating the storming of the Bastille prison on July 14, 1789, one of the most important events of the French Revolution.
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He was speaking at a military parade when he declared, “We cannot prolong the state of emergency eternally,” as quoted by the Kansas City Star.
The following day, July 14, a large truck plowed into throngs of Bastille Day celebrators, killing at least 84 before the driver was finally shot and killed by police. Hollande then reversed course and prolonged the state of emergency.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, The New York Times reports.
During his parade speech, Hollande also announced that France would be sending military advisers to help combat the Islamic State in Iraq.
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"We must strike and strike hard," he declared. But a terrorist struck hard first.
Police have identified a Tunisia-born man as the terrorist, according to the Nice-Matin newspaper.
Tunisia and France have a long and contentious history. Tunisia was invaded and conquered by France in 1881, and remained under French control until gaining independence in 1956, as noted by the CIA.
In addition, France and other Western powers backed the former dictator of Tunisia, Zine el Abindine Ben Ali, whose ouster in a coup sparked the 2011 Arab Spring, which continues to have ramifications for the entire region.