France calls for policing inquiry after Nice attack

Paris, July 21 (IANS) France on Thursday ordered an investigation into the security arrangements at the July 14 Bastille Day celebrations during which a man drove a truck into a crowd, killing 84 persons.

Dogged by criticism over alleged security failure, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called on the national police inspectorate to lead an inquiry to shed light on the security measures at the Bastille Day celebrations, Xinhua news agency reported.

“This administrative investigation … will establish the reality of these measures, while unnecessary controversy continues,” Cazeneuve said in a statement.

The Minister’s move came after critics questioned the possibility of how a truck driving at high speed could careen two km through a crowd before being stopped by police units in the context of high terror alert.

Christian Estrosi, President of the Rivera region and former Mayor of Nice, pointed the finger at the Socialist Party, accusing it of completely failing in Nice.

“When the Interior Minister says there were enough police, it constitutes a blatant lie,” Estrosi told the media.

“He said there were 64 national policemen on duty. It’s false and the investigation will show it,” he added.

–IANS

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