French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was booed on Monday before and after a moment of silence to remember the victims of last week’s attack in Nice, France.
Thousands of people gathered along the curved, rocky Nice beach to mark the moment of silence, alongside religious leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish communities and other local dignitaries.
WATCH: Mourners in Nice, France booed the Prime Minister of France on Monday during a remembrance ceremony for the victims of last week’s truck attack.
Valls travelled to the southern city after a security meeting at Paris’ Elysee Palace earlier in the morning, only to be jeered by those gathered on the waterfront promenade where the Bastille Day celebrations became a killing field on Thursday night.
President Francois Hollande’s socialist administration has come under blistering criticism from opposition conservatives after the attack. Former president Nicolas Sarkozy accused the government of bad policies that he says failed to prevent three major attacks in the past 18 months.
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“Everything that should have been done over the past 18 months was not done,” Sarkozy said on TF1 television Sunday night. “We are in war, a total war. Our enemies have no taboos, no borders, no principles. So I will use strong words: It will be us or them.”
He called for electronic bracelets for anyone suspected of potential radicalization, and for expelling anyone suspected of possible terrorism links, direct or indirect.