• French soldiers patrols near the Biarritz's beach, southwestern France, Saturday, July 30, 2016. The challenge of protecting churches, synagogues, tourist haunts, beaches, summer festival sites, airports and train stations is among the most daunting tasks security forces have faced in recent times in France, and Europe. (AP Photo/ Bob Edme)

    What’s safe? Europe grapples with security after attacks

    PARIS (AP) — You can’t put a guard in every church and patrol every beach. But after a wave of attacks in Western Europe, authorities are struggling to protect their people as best they can. The French Riviera city of Cannes has banned large backpacks on beaches lest they hide explosives, and Britain is providing extra funding for security at tens of thousands of places of worship.

  • In this photo taken on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, a French police officers watches the festivities through binoculars on the roof of the town hall, during the opening night of the Bayonne festival, or "Fetes de Bayonne", in Bayonne, southwestern France.  Bayonne, the cultural capital of the French Basque country, hosts the yearly traditional Bayonne festival from July 27-31, and is expected to attract about one million people this year from all over France, Spain, and other European countries. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

    Big bags banned from Cannes beaches as attacks precaution

    PARIS (AP) — Vacationers in the French Riviera city of Cannes have been banned from bringing big bags to the beach for security reasons in hopes of deterring a terrorist attack.

  • This Wednesday, July 20, 2016 file picture shows soldiers patrolling the famed Promenade des Anglais in Nice, southern France. Since January 2015, IS-inspired attackers have killed at least 235 people in France, by far the largest casualty rate of any Western country. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)

    Many factors make France the top IS terror target in Europe

    PARIS (AP) — When militants loyal to the Islamic State group seek to inflict pain on Europe, France is their preferred target, a grim reality borne out yet again with Tuesday’s knife slaughter of a Catholic priest.

  • This file photo photo made available on July 17, 2016 by Kapitalis shows Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel. A 31-year-old father of three obsessed with fitness and sex, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel led multiple lives. His darkest side appears to have been his best-kept secret: a calculated, committed jihadi ready to kill scores of people in a French Riviera rampage.  (Kapitalis via AP, FIle)

    Dancing, drugs, extremism _ multiple lives of Nice

    PARIS (AP) — A 31-year-old father of three obsessed with fitness and sex, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel led multiple lives. His darkest side appears to have been his best-kept secret: a calculated, committed jihadi ready to kill scores of people in a French Riviera rampage.