Who profits from the terrorism that, once again, claimed a policeman’s life in France? Will the outrage influence Sunday’s presidential election?
If French security authorities confirm that the AK-47-armed gunman who shot up a police squad on the Champs-Elysées Friday was indeed directed, or at least inspired by, an Islamist terror movement, you can score one for the terrorists. They lose one man, shot by police, and demonstrate they can attack a civilized city in one of its most famous and central neighborhoods on the very eve of a democratic exercise.
France’s security apparatus, notwithstanding all the reinforcements of the past several years, appears to be failing. This appearance may be false, in light of arrests and rolled up networks. But such success does not reassure. Will there be another attack becomes, in peoples’ minds, when will the next attack come?