A truck driver plowed through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day (its national day—July 14) in Nice, France, killing dozens.
What we know:
- At least 80 people are reported dead and 18 critically wounded
- The driver of the truck fired shots
- The driver was killed when police fired on the vehicle
- The truck was loaded with weapons and grenades
A truck driver barreled for more than a mile through Bastille Day revelers thronging the famed seaside promenade here Thursday, killing scores of people and sending a terror-scarred nation reeling again.
The driver slammed the massive vehicle, which an official said was loaded with explosives and weapons, into a crowd packed with families that had come to see the celebratory fireworks, leaving bodies in his wake.
The rampage in Nice came less than two weeks before Mr. Hollande planned to lift a national state of emergency imposed after Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris. The emergency status had been extended twice since then.
After Thursday’s assault on the Riviera, he extended it for another three months, and said 10,000 soldiers would be deployed to help police and gendarmes bolster security throughout France.
“The whole of France is under the threat of Islamist terrorism,” the president said. “In these circumstances, we have to show complete vigilance and a flawless determination.”