In the aftermath of last night's latest tragic terrorist attack in Nice, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls made the statement: “Times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism, and we must face this together and show our collective sang-froid,” he said. “France is a great country and a great democracy and we will not allow ourselves to be destabilized.”
Perceiving this is a preliminary admission of retreat against terrorism, social media reacted with furious anger to the PM's assertion that France “will have to live with terrorism.” Users shamed the PM, saying that more people apparently need to be killed in terror attacks to wake up the French government.
Some examples of people who now longer believe in #hastag diplomacy included @DamienLcc who wrote that "The government is “unable to protect French people,” while @lazgougeon added that the nation doesn’t have “to get used to the incompetence of our leaders!”
Non la France ne doit pas "vivre avec le terrorisme", tout comme nous ne devons pas nous habituer à l'incompétence de nos gouvernants!— Laurence A.Gougeon (@lazgougeon) July 15, 2016
Others were incredulous: “What? More people should be killed to wake you up, fool!” @MathiasLiurno added.
Valls: "La France doit apprendre à vivre avec le terrorisme" Quoi ??! mais tu veux encore cb de tués pour te réveiller bouffon ?!!!— Mat? (@MathiasLiurno) July 15, 2016
Some called on Valls to resign after uttering such words
Manuel Valls: "la France doit apprendre à vivre avec le terrorisme"— Free Beni (@sergemike) July 15, 2016
Discours défaitiste. Mieux vaut une démission. https://t.co/tiwQouV2Ms
“You don’t have any shame?” “It gave me chills.” “The sword of Damocles over our heads” – these were the angry comments on social media.
@manuelvalls la France va devoir vivre avec le terrorisme. Vous n'avez pas honte ? 1/2— Marc (@marcos4310) July 15, 2016
"la france va devoir vivre ave le terrorisme" ça m'a donné des frissons.— ? (@mxxnclifford) July 15, 2016
"La France va devoir vivre avec le terrorisme"... L'épée de Damocles au dessus de nos tête— Prisc (@priscillia_uls) July 15, 2016
“This phrase [Valls’] is horrible. We don’t want to live with terrorism, we want to live in peace," @FlowerofFields added.
"La France va devoir vivre avec le terrorisme." Elle est horrible cette phrase. On ne veut pas vivre avec, nous. On veut la paix. #Nice06— PRAY FOR NICE (@FlowerofFields) July 15, 2016
Trolled were also present “Okay this is reassuring” “Best sentence of the day, again congratulations Mr. Valls” “Thanks Mr.Valls.”
"La France doit apprendre à vivre avec le terrorisme". D'accord c'est plutôt rassurant.— Charlène Sourciat (@ChrlnSourciat) July 15, 2016
Whether this was just the latest diplomatic faux pas by the young and inexperienced PM, or a true admission that radicalized Islam now has the upper hand in France, and elsewhere, is unknown but what is clear is that the European response to the surge in regional terrorism has so far failed to yield results, whether on purpose or not, and that a far greater escalation in the conflict is imminent. What is troubling is that such an escalation which will trigger even more violent retaliation by radicalized forces.
And so, having stirred the hornets' next when he sided with "coalition" forces in attacking ISIS - an ISIS which was unleashed with the purpose of destabilizing the Syrian regime and has now failed in this mission and so finds foreign conduits to its aggression - Hollande now finds himself with no way out.