As French leaders gathered to honor the victims of the terrorist attack in Nice, they were met by boos and jeers from a crowd fed up with the government’s inability to prevent terrorist attacks.
On Monday, French leaders held a moment of silence to mourn the 84 killed in the Bastille Day attack last Thursday. In Nice, however, the site of the attack, this moment was bookended by loud cries of protest aimed at Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
Gathers chanted “resign, resign,” with others also calling for French President Francois Hollande to step down.
“The government promises us things but nothing sticks,” Nice city resident Antony Fernandez said. “What have they done up to now to make us feel safe? And yet what do we expect? Every six months we’re going to mourn for more dead?”
Last week’s attack occurred just eight months after the coordinated shootings and bombings across Paris that left 130 people dead. The terrorist group Daesh, also known as IS/Islamic State, claimed responsibility for both incidents.
Former president Nicolas Sarkozy also weighed in, blaming the failures of the current administration for the violence.
“I know there’s no zero risk, I know perfectly well that we don’t pull each other apart before the victims have even been buried,” he said.
“But I want to say, because it’s the truth, that everything that should have been done over the last 18 months…wasn’t done.”