> A second tip off from an unidentified intelligence source prompted French authorities to circulate a photo of a man believed to be planning an attack on July 22nd. They had no name to go on, but police sources say there is little doubt the photo was of Petitjean.
The teenager was being hunted by police following a foreign intelligence tip off. That revelation is likely to pile even more pressure on Hollande, according to Reuters Deputy Bureau Chief in France, Richard Lowe.>> Already, he and his socialist government were coming under fire in the wake of the attack in Nice less than two weeks ago, when a Tunisian man plowed his heavy goods truck through a crowd of revelers on Bastille Day.
He and his government were coming under fire from, again, primarily the conservative right on the security measures that were put in place that night, with many saying that there just was an insufficient number of police officers on the streets of Nice and inadequate measures in place.>> Police had already identified 19 year old Adel Kermiche as one of the attackers.
He was a well known would-be jihadist under police surveillance after two failed bits to reach Syria last year. The second man, Petitjean, was also 19 from a town in eastern France. He was stopped and questioned at Istanbul's international airport on June 10th. But in the time it took security agencies in Turkey to notify France, he'd already returned.
Both attackers were shot dead by police following the attack in Normandy.