France Attacked Again
French Government officials say the death toll is high after a truck plowed through a holiday crowd in the resort city of Nice.
French President Francois Hollande who took to public airwaves said “the terrorist character” of the attack cannot be denied. Hollande revealed that the deceased included some children.
The French Interior Minister confirmed a death toll of 84 after a truck drove through crowds who had just watched a fireworks display near the Promenade des Anglais.
After running down a number of event goers, Police exchanged gun fire with the assailant driving the vehicle, shooting the male driver dead.
French authorities also reported that explosives, firearms, and ammunition were discovered after a search of the truck.
The Prosecutor’s office in Paris has opened a terrorism investigation.
Several high profile leaders took to social media with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offering his condolences to the victims, U.S. President Barrack Obama condemning the attack, and Mayor John Tory saying he was “sickened by the loss of life”.
Republican front runner Donald Trump has postponed his news conference on Friday in which he was to announce his running mate in this years U.S. Election campaign.
A Rihanna concert that was to be held in Nice on Friday has also been cancelled.
Le camion qui a foncé sur la foule pic.twitter.com/h4QuBabJMx— Nice-Matin (@Nice_Matin) July 14, 2016
[#Nice] Opération de police en cours. Si vous habitez dans le périmètre, restez chez vous et suivez les consignes.— Police Nationale (@PoliceNationale) July 14, 2016
Canadians are shocked by tonight's attack in Nice. Our sympathy is with the victims, and our solidarity with the French people.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 14, 2016
Sickened by the loss of life in Nice. Toronto's thoughts are with the people of France.— John Tory (@JohnTory) July 14, 2016
jss dans nice y'a des mouvements de foule de mutant on sait pas pk pic.twitter.com/ByXnaig0Qk— yannick (@yvnnick) July 14, 2016
In light of the horrible attack in Nice, France, I have postponed tomorrow's news conference concerning my Vice Presidential announcement.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2016