NEWS: As the whole of France still shudders in horror in the wake of last Thursday’s terror attack in Nice, there is a growing sense of outrage among the general populace at the government’s failure to prevent the attack.
President François Hollande was booed when he went to Nice on Friday, while attempts by local political leaders to blame central government have been met with unprecedented anger and finger-pointing at local authorities for failing to secure the Promenade des Anglais for the annual celebration of France’s national holiday.
A survey published by the influential daily Le Figaro showed that 67 percent of respondents have no confidence in the President and his government to counter terrorist threats, while 81 percent said they were prepared to accept further restrictions on individual freedoms.
The fall in confidence is 16 percentage points since a previous survey carried out in January this year.
Jerome Fourquet, director of the IFOP polling agency, said that the attack in Nice has had a profound effect on morale in France and reinforced pre-existing views that France should introduce measures that had previously been considered.
In related news, 18 people remain in critical condition in hospitals in Nice. The estranged wife of Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel has been released from custody after 48 hours, while six more people have been arrested over the last few days. Investigators have also discovered that Bouhel had driven in the rented truck along the Promenade des Anglais on the two days prior to the attack.
[caption id="attachment_27887" align="alignnone" width="640"] New Monegasque citizens. Photo: Mairie de Monaco[/caption]
The Mayor and members of the Communal Council held a reception on Wednesday, January 31, at the Town Hall for people who acquired Monegasque nationality during the past year.
Twenty-eight new Monegasques out of the 41 people who acquired nationality in 2017, accompanied by their spouses, attended the ceremony given in their honour in the Salle de Mariage, in the presence of members of the Council of the Crown.
In his speech, the Mayor Marsan underlined the solemnity of the occasion: “Acquiring a nationality, and in this case Monegasque nationality, is not a mere administrative formality.” He added: “Becoming a Monegasque means adhering to our culture, our traditions and our many particularities, it is to adhere to a united community around our Sovereign and His Family, to whom we are all very attached.”
He invited guests to sing the Monegasque anthem alongside the Rainier Academy's young children's choir. Discussions then continued around a glass of friendship before each guest left with a souvenir – a reproduction of the original Monegasque Hymn, a handwritten document by Monegasque poet Louis Notari, who wrote the lyrics.