French news crushes the idea that this was anything other than islamic jihad, and that he may have had accomplices.
Full transcript of video below:
While the time has come for tributes and speeches, the investigation of the Nice attack is advancing in baby steps. The profile of the killer becomes clearer. Mohamed, who was of Tunisian nationality and not of double nationality, as we were being told before, would have largely premeditated his actions, a preparation shattering hypotheses’ of being “mentally unstable”.
Benjamin Nicolas: Questions about killer’s profile gradually fade.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31 years old, a Tunisian residing in France, and a residence permit-holder for the last eight years had indeed premeditated his actions.
Research about his past revealed that his father had been a member of Ennahda, a Tunisian Islamist party, not exactly known for its moderation.
Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel was first introduced as suffering from depression, depressed because of his divorce, and turned against society, and whose radicalization was, as always, sudden.
He had no “file S” [a terrorist record] but was under judicial review for violent acts unrelated to terrorism.
Until now he had complied with those measures of control.
Anyway his crime was well thought-out:
apart from renting the truck, he repeatedly made marks on the slaughter route,
without arousing suspicions of law enforcement, even though Nice is one of the French cities most monitored by cameras.
The terrorist managed to evade all the measures; the measures, all in all, rather light, since no fences or concrete obstacles were installed to prevent vehicles from entering the pedestrian zone.
It is partly for this reason that the vehicle could travel more than two kilometres before being stopped by police bullets, also by the municipal police, who were armed, fortunately.
Tired out, no doubt, by the very high security measures during Euro Soccer,
the security forces there were, according to Christian Estrosi, the president of the PACA region [Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur] insufficient for the supervision of July 14; the 84 dead and dozens injured, still between life and death, are the most striking results of it. There was a delay in admitting that this event was a terrorist attack. Instead it has been presented as an isolated act. A claim by ISIS in its propaganda newspaper ended the hesitation, even if claims after the fact should always be taken with caution.
A message found on Mohamed’s phone makes the investigators believe that he probably had accomplices.
A total of seven people were taken into custody, including a couple of Albanian Muslims. They all have described the terrorist as a violent man.
Faced with this new attack striking France full force, the socialist government is concentrating conveniently on paying their respects, to avoid drawing any conclusions from their failure. The mourning time is constantly being mentioned to make people accept the shocking and permanent lack of action.
While attacks accumulate on our territory, no resignation has been announced yet: neither the minister of the interior nor local prefects from affected towns; on the contrary, any critical commentary on the insecurity prevailing in France is considered improper by the socialist government. The only permissible discussions are those concerning compensation for victims, but that doesn’t seem to be handled better then the security.