French Prime Minister Manuel Valls defends the security forces Wednesday after the first deadly jihadist attack on the nation’s soil since the Paris massacres last November.
Valls rejects criticism that the authorities could have thwarted the assault, in which a knife-wielding attacker killed a police officer and his partner at their home.
“I will not let anyone say there was any negligence or lack of judgement” by the security forces, he tells France Inter radio.
He notes that a lone attack was hard to prevent and repeats a warning that terrorism was an inevitable threat.
“We will experience further attacks in the future because we are facing a terrorist organization which is on the retreat in Syria and Iraq and which is projecting itself in our countries in various forms… in order to sow fear and division,” Valls says.
“More innocent people will lose their lives. It’s very hard to say this… but unfortunately it is the truth,” he says.