Terror Attack In France Leaves 84 Dead, At Least 50 Clinging To Life
After a truck carrying explosives slammed into a crowd Nice, France, 84 people are now dead and at least 50 are clinging to life, according to the Associated Press. The crowd was gathered in celebration of Bastille Day in the city, which lies along the French Riviera.
Sources say two Americans from Texas, a father and his young son, are among the dead. Government officials in France have declared three days of mourning which will start on Saturday and end on Monday.
"The whole of France is under the threat of Islamist terrorism," said French President Francoise Hollande in a statement. "So in these circumstances, we must show absolute vigilance and unfailing determination."
President Holland said he extended the state of emergency in France, which was supposed to end in late July, for an additional three months. He said the country will maintain heightened security levels which will allow them to mobilize and deploy 10,000 soldiers.
An Interpol emergency response team is being deployed to Nice, France to help with identifying the victims. Interpol is an international law enforcement organization, with 190 member countries, which streamlines critical data, communications and resources to help fight crime.
Many world leaders and government officials released condolence messages to the families who lost loved ones in the attack.
“On behalf of the American people, I condemn in the strongest terms what appears to be a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France, which killed and wounded dozens of innocent civilians,” President Obama said in a statement yesterday. “We stand in solidarity and partnership with France, our oldest ally, as they respond to and recover from this attack.”
President Hollande said “France is in tears, it’s deeply distressed, but it’s strong and will always be stronger, I assure you of that, than the fanatics who seek to attack it today.”