French President Francois Hollande (C), Prime Minister Manuel Valls (L) and Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve (R) arrive to attend a meeting at the Prefecture the day after the Bastille Day truck attack, in Nice, France, July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
European leaders and security chiefs have a sobering message after the Bastille Day killings in Nice: such lone attacks using ordinary vehicles are nearly impossible to prevent and can be carried out by almost anyone.
"We have moved into a new era," said Prime Minister Manuel Valls. "And France will have to live with terrorism."
His Belgian counterpart, Charles Michel, said in Brussels -- where Islamic State militants staged attacks in March and where they planned last November's Paris attacks -- that "zero risk does not exist."
"We are now faced with a different modus operandi," he said in the Belgian capital which, like cities in France, is still on a state of high alert with troops and heavily armed police on the streets and on guard at major public events.
Belgium has anticipated such risks, Michel said, and is ready to protect its own national day festivities next Thursday.
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WNU Editor: This is definitely the narrative that many EU politicians are now pushing .... ‘Thanks, M. Valls’: Social media furious over PM’s ‘France will have to live with terrorism’ comment (RT). What the French people want to hear from their leaders right now is something like this .... Classic Putin: 'To Forgive The Terrorists Is Up To God, But To Send Them To Him Is Up To Me' (Russia insider).