Seven out of ten French people believe there will be a terror attack during this holiday season, according to a survey published in Le Figaro on Monday. Overall, respondents were more concerned about an attack, by four percentage points, than they were in September.
In more bad news for the French government, 54 percent of respondents said they had little confidence in the government being able to guarantee security against such attacks. The figure rose to 75 percent when other crimes were factored in, including robberies, burglaries, and assaults.
The new prime minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, formerly in charge of the Ministry of the Interior, has said that his administration will announce new measures against the threat of terror attacks at some point over the next few days.
In related news, the Nice judicial police and an anti-terrorism unit, SDAT, arrested eleven individuals in the Nice area on Monday in connection with the Bastille Day terror attack on the Promenade des Anglais that took the lives of 86 people.
According to sources close to the investigation, those arrested have links to an Albanian couple suspected of providing logistical support to Lahouaiej-Bouhlel by supplying him with a pistol that was found in the cab of his hired truck.
The two Albanians, identified as Artan H. and Enkelejda Z., were held in Nice in July and remain in pre-trial detention.