A number of children are among at least 84 people killed in a Bastille Day attack on the French riviera.
A lorry drove into crowds watching a fireworks display in the city of Nice late last night. Witnesses report the vehicle zig-zagging for well over a mile. When it came to a stop, the driver was killed by police after reportedly exchanging gun fire. It’s thought he was a 31 year old French-Tunisian – who wasn’t known to the intelligence agencies. Witness Frank O’Loughlin saw what happened from the balcony on his apartment:
French president Francois Hollande says there’s no denying the Nice attack was an act of terrorism.
President Hollande is holding an emergency security meeting in Paris over the attacks this morning.
Three-days of national mourning will begin tomorrow.
A state of emergency in France, which was meant to be lifted on the 26th of July, will be extended for a further three months.
President Hollande has already promised to bolster security in a televised address to the nation:
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD says he is deeply shocked and saddened at the horrific attack in Nice. In a statement issued this morning Mr Kenny said “Once again innocent people have been targeted at an occasion of joy and celebration”. He also says he wishes to express deepest sympathies and solidarity to President Hollande and to all of France on behalf of the government and Irish people.
John Litchfield is the London Independent’s Paris Correspondent.
He says the latest attack will plunge France back into a state of emergency:
No group has claimed responsibility for the Nice attack yet.But Peter Allen, who’s a journalist in Paris, says the finger of suspicion is beginning to point at Islamic Fundamentalists ISIS: