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Prime Minister Gabriel Attal arrives to attend a ceremony honoring the victims of terrorism, at the Arras citadel, in Arras (Pas-de-Calais), March 11, 2024.

Gabriel Attal tried, this Monday, March 11, to tackle the intense and martial accents of a head of state. Under the grey sky of Arras, from the parade floor of the Vauban citadel, the Prime Minister pays tribute to the victims of the assaults. “France is on the lookout”, he factors out a number of months earlier than the Olympic Games. Then guarantees to do every thing in order that “the irreparable” doesn’t occur. “Our vigilance is maximum, total, absolute”he insists, recalling that 43 assaults have been foiled since 2017. “The terrorists will never make us give in”he swears once more, assuring the victims: “France will always be at your side. »

In front of him, protected from the pouring rain by a large transparent tent: the victims, their families, associations, and a handful of local elected officials – the former far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, Rassemblement MP national of Pas-de-Calais, and the president (Les Républicains) of the Hauts-de-France region, Xavier Bertrand, who has already declared himself a candidate for 2027.

No head of state, neither former nor current, was in the city devastated by the assassination, on October 13, 2023, of literature professor Dominique Bernard. The ceremony, created in 2020, usually orchestrated in Paris, by the Elysée, was held for the first time outside the capital and without Emmanuel Macron.

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The President of the Republic paid tribute to the victims of Hamas on February 7 and went to the funeral of Dominique Bernard, underlines the Elysée. But the presidential absence took on the appearance of an annoyance, almost an injury, for Benjamin Dénouveaux, spokesperson for the association of victims of November 13. “It shows that terrorism has become a bit of a secondary subject for him,” he spoke to France Info on Monday.

“Salute the memory of all the dead”

Gabriel Attal, “branded”in line with his groups, by the reminiscence of the assault on the Gambetta-Carnot highschool, when he was nonetheless within the ministry of schooling, determined to carry a ceremony removed from the capital, close to the bereaved faculty of Arras. ” I remember » , he says from the high school playground, shortly before heading to the citadel, to posthumously decorate Dominique Bernard, made knight of the Legion of Honor like five other members of the school staff . All of “hero”, having made it possible to neutralize the assassin, points out Gabriel Attal, among teachers still shaken by the tragedy.

Return to Arras this Monday for “ salute the memory of all the dead, the suffering of all the injured, the pain of all the families, it is a powerful symbol”, claims the pinnacle of presidency. It can be a approach, for the one who had promised, upon his arrival at Matignon, “to take with him the cause of the school”, to point out that he’s maintaining his dedication, whereas numerous speeches from him are anticipated through the week to element the “shock of knowledge”restoration of authority and stage teams.

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