The President of France, Francois Hollande confirms terrorist attack in Nice during it’s France National Holiday, Thursday, (July, 14).
The attack occurred as a truck driver rammed into the crowd, dragging the truck two kilometres through the celebrating crowd on the palm-lined Promenade des Anglais as hundreds of revelers fled while those unfortunate lost their lives.
During a televised national broadcast, President Francois Hollande called the attack an “undeniable terrorist nature”.
President Hollande said, “France was struck on its national day, the 14th of July, the symbol of freedom. Nice is now hit. It’s all of France which is under the threat of Islamic terrorism.”
“In these circumstances, we must show absolute vigilance.”
“I have decided that the state of emergency, which was to end on the 26th on July, will be extended by three months.”
Hollande referenced the state of emergency measure which was introduced last year following the attacks in Paris.
“Nothing will make us give up in our will to fight terrorism.” He added.
Authorities report the driver who was shot dead was found to be carrying guns and larger weapons in his truck.
The identity papers also found in his truck identified him as a 31-year-old French-Tunisian citizen.
An AFP reporter, who witnessed the white truck driving at speed into the crowd said, “We saw people hit and bits of debris flying around. I had to protect my face from flying debris.”
Confirming the death toll, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters the number of lives lost had risen to 80, with scores injured, and 18 in “critical condition”.
Also called Bastille Day, July 14 celebrates France’s values as a country “Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite” (Freedom, Equality, Fraternity), and all it holds dear.
Watch Video of the attack Here