All of France is “threatened by Islamist terrorism,” French Pres. Francois Hollande boldly declared following the deadly terror attack that struck the city of Nice Thursday.
Addressing the nation in a televised statement, Pres. Hollande warned that all of France is under siege by “Islamist terrorism”:
“It is France as a whole which is threatened by Islamist terrorism.”
Pres. Hollande promised he is facing the Islamist threat head-on:
“In such circumstances, we must show our absolute vigilance and determination. Many measures have already been taken. Our laws have been reinforced, but as we are in the middle of summer, we need to enhance our level of protection.”
France 24 did not edit out Pres. Hollande speaking the words “Islamist terrorism,” unlike Pres. Obama’s White House earlier this year, when it censored both the English and French audio of the French president declaring “Islamist terrorism” the root of terrorism during a meeting with Obama.
Since that time, Obama has staunchly rebuked those who dare to utter the forbidden words.
Like Hollande, House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) had no problem calling out radical Islam:
“It appears that once again, a radical Islamic terrorist has carried out a deadly attack on innocent, peaceful people, including at least two Americans. Our whole nation stands in solidarity with the French people, and with all of those still suffering in the wake of this tragic Bastille Day attack in Nice. We will never allow terrorists or their evil ideology to rob us of our freedoms, our democratic ideals, or our way of life. We will pray and mourn for those killed and injured, and we must honor their loss by redoubling our efforts to defeat the scourge of radical Islamic terrorism throughout the world.”
Hollande’s measures include mobilizing 10,000 soldiers, extending the country’s state of emergency three months, and deploying operational reserves and gendarmes to “protect and monitor our borders.”