Residents of Toulouse, much like France's leaders, seem to want to believe that home-grown terrorism is not an issue, and that it will disappear on its own.
The most effective form of security is the hidden one - a heightened awareness on the part of intelligence and police services of the sources of hatred, and the potential threats and willingness to take measures preventing the threats from materializing.
Mohamed Merah, who claimed responsibility for Toulouse slayings, died on Thursday after siege.
Authorities and police face serious questions about string of failures in tracking, hunting and capturing the self-declared al-Qaida terrorist.
Little-known group claims responsibility for Toulouse attack, claims it came in retaliation for 'Israel's crimes against Palestinians.'
The huge operation started only on Monday, despite the fact the murders took place four days earlier, and Interior Minister Gueant couldn't seem to tear himself away from the television cameras.
After police raid his apartment, suspect jumps out a window and falls to his death, ending the 32-hour episode.
Live updates from the events in Toulouse: Police officially confirm death of 24-year-old Mohamed Merah, the Toulouse shootings suspect; Sarkozy: Reassembly and unity must be France's top national priority.
Live updates from the events in Toulouse: Hundreds of heavily armed police cordoned off streets around apartment building of 24-year-old suspect Mohamed Merah; France Interior Minister says unsure if suspect still alive.
WATCH: French TV releases video of Toulouse shooting suspect; Some 300 police officers surround suspect Mohamed Merah's building; French Interior Minister says Merah to turn himself in at night 'to be more discreet'.